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Sugar Cookies Recipe
Sugar cookies are easily my favorite type of cookie. The way to my heart is through a good sugar cookie, and always has been. But until now, I had never tried to make them myself. It always seemed like such a daunting task to get it right. Everyone who could make them was some sort of magician. I thought that until I tried this recipe! Now I want to make them all the time.
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Sugar cookies are soft, chewy, buttery, and sweet. The ingredients are so simplistic for the deliciousness that they create!
Sugar Cookie Origins
Sugar cookies originated with German Protestants that settled in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The bakers who pioneered this delicious baked treat were so influential in the history of the sugar cookie that they were originally called Nazareth Cookies. I am so glad these bakers made this amazing cookie!
Sugar Cookies Ingredients
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 cups flour
Sugar Cookies Directions
Cream the butter and sugar together.
Add in the eggs and vanilla.
Mix all the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, after wrapping in wax or parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent the cookies from spreading.
Roll the dough between two pieces of parchment paper to about 1/8th of an inch thickness.
Cut the dough into shapes using cookie cutters and carefully/gently transfer to the baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are starting to turn brown around the edges.
Sugar Cookies Frosting
½ cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Food coloring, if desired
In a large bowl, cream together the powdered sugar and shortening, until smooth. Mix in the milk and vanilla until smooth and stiff. This should take about 5 minutes. Add food coloring if desired, a drop or two at a time until you reach the color you’re looking for.
It is important to know that if you’re planning to decorate your cookies, let them cool completely before decorating. Warm cookies and icing do not mix. The frosting will melt and run right off the cookies, which defeats the purpose.
This recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies when cut into 3-5 inch shapes. Or more, depending on the size.
One of my favorite aspects of making sugar cookies is decorating. Decorating can be tailored to any occasion and personalized, making these cookies perfect any special event. This can range from holidays to birthdays, graduations, and even gamer-related. The possibilities really are endless!
These sugar cookies are perfect for any occasion because of the endless decorating possibilities and can easily be customized. I love how versatile this one single cookie can be.
Cookies Make People Happy
Why do cookies make people happy? It can be a cute design, a delicious taste, or a nostalgic memory of making cookies with friends or family. Cookies bring happiness into all of our lives for these reasons! One of my favorite cookie memories is making snickerdoodles with my aunt when I was younger, and it is a tradition I’ve continued for many years, and included my husband.
Have you tried this recipe? What is your favorite kind of cookie? Are you a fan of sugar cookies? Tell me about it in the comments! Check out my other dessert recipes!
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