Thursday, December 18, 2014

Karen’s Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

I have posted this recipe before, but here it is again with current pics. Bake and enjoy (in several days cuz these puppies take a while)!

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Karen’s Favorite Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
Directions

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Cover dough and chill for at least one hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets, if necessary. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4” thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters (or use a large clear quilting ruler and a pizza cutter to cut perfect squares and rectangles, as I did here for gift-shaped cookies). Place cookies 1 1/2” apart onto cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (I like these soft, so I only bake them for 6 minutes). Remove cookies from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before icing.

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Notes

I use a royal icing recipe that includes powdered sugar, meringue powder, vanilla, and water. Consistency is up to you, but I like mine to be able to spread with a knife (to do the base color of the gift) and also pipe on the bows. Ice cooled cookies and decorate with sprinkles if desired. Dry until icing is fully set (several days would be great… the icing helps keep the cookies fresh and chewy even after that long!). Enjoy!

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