Monday, August 13, 2012

Sugar Cookies - Step by Step

This is a great recipe for cut out cookies. I made these to give out as favors at my son's Little Man birthday party. My Hubbie is a sugar cookie fanatic, he loved them.

3 all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold & cut into chunks
1 egg
 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract


Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together  the flour and baking powder, set aside.

Cream the sugar and butter.

Add the egg and extracts and mix.

Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.

Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Flour your work surface. I saw a show where Bobby Flay was making pie dough, his trick for flouring the work surface evenly is to sprinkle the flour with more of a side arm motion. It really does help. Roll dough out.

Cut into Shapes

 Place on parchment lined baking sheets, place baking sheet in freezer for 5 minutes, then transfer to the oven and bake for 12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Once they were cool, I popped them in the freezer for a few mintues, then I piped and flooded them with a Chocolate Royal Icing.

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