Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mary's Sugar Cookies

This recipe my mom used to make, especially for kid friendly holidays like Valentines and Halloween, and they were a Christmas staple in our house. The recipe adapts well to being frosted (yum) or dyed different colors using food coloring. The dough will be sticky, so the 2-3 hour refrigeration is a must. This dough can also be chilled/frozen for 3-4 weeks before using.

1 1/2 C. powdered sugar
1 C. butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar

In large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Add egg and extracts, mix thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients togther is separate bowl, the blen in to the sugar/butter mixture. Refrigerate 2-3 hours, or til dough is firm.

Heat oven to 375.

Divide dough in half and roll to 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutter. Sprinkle with colored sugars, sprinkles, etc.

Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 7-8 minutes or til edges are just lightly golden.

Yield = 5 dozen (2 - 2 1/2 cookies)

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