Wednesday, January 26, 2011

V-Day Sugar Cookies For Your Sweetheart!

So I'm the kind of cook that looks at a recipe and if it has more than 10 ingredients or has anything I have never heard of (which sadly happens more than I care to admit), I pass on it. The good news for you is that I have a great Sugar Cookie Recipe from my fave cooks at Our Best Bites that is delicious and only 7 ingredients! So grab your honey and an apron and get to mixing!

Sugar Cookies

1C real butter (no substitutions!)

1C sugar

1 egg (make sure to use a large or extra large one)

1 1/2 t almond extract (or other flavor of your choice, like vanilla)

3C flour

1 1/2 t baking powder

1/2t salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Add in egg and extract and mix to incorporate.

In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to combine. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until completely combined.

Chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour, or use this great tip to make things easier.

When your dough is made, instead of putting it in the fridge immediately roll between 2 sheets of waxed or parchment paper and then place on a flat surface in the fridge. Chill for about 20-30 minutes and then start cutting it out. This way it chills faster and the bonus is that you don't need to add extra flour to roll it out. If you don't use this tip, proceed as follows:

When your're ready to roll out dough lightly sprinkle flour onto your work surface and roll out dough with a rolling pin.

Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. The baking time really depends on how you like them. If you like them really soft and slightly chewy, about 8-9 minutes does it. If you like them slightly crisp and buttery, then go for 10-12.

Make lips, hearts, XOXO, or spell their name for extra fun!

Whatever you make, get creative and have fun!


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