I think I am crazy. You’re all like yea? Tell us something we didn’t know. Well what you didn’t know is that I thought it was going to be simple to get 4 kids to help make Sugar Cookies with me & have everyone listen. I had this image of me in an apron, kids smiling at the table and everything in its place. Let’s say instead I had kids using cookie cutters like weapons, sneaking raw dough and generally acting a food. Then there is the baby of course he didn’t really help. He just wanted to eat everything he saw. Just like a baby.
But still the Sugar Cookies turned out pretty darn good. Even with the chaos that preceded their completion. With much ado, here is the recipe for Sugar Cookies.
What you need
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon of salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Makes about 48 cookies (4 dozen)
How to put it together
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Stir together 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder in small bowl. Mamacita helped me with this part. Thankfully most of the dry ingredients stayed in the bowl.
In your mixer. You will want to cream together the 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until smooth. The butter should be very soft. I am talking you could put your fingers into it and play with the butter soft. Not that I have ever done that, but if I had it would be so smooth. Hmmm…butter…I could hop in that creaming butter…Wait, did I just write that?
OK in your mixing bowl add in 2 eggs and the 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together with the creamed butter & sugar.
Slowly add the dry ingredients.
Roll out your dough with a wooden rolling pin, you can put a little bit of flour underneath. I have a wooden table I roll out on, you can use parchment paper if you want under it dough. Me I like-a-the wooden table. Also, the dough should be about a 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. Any thicker and you’ll get mutant cookies. Trust me on that one. I once had a plateful of what looked like a nuclear test site of molted together bunnies and lambs. The kids thought it was totally awesome, I on the other hand tried not to crumple into a ball & cry at the horrifying mess. SO take my advice on this one & don’t make them too thick.
I put my cookies on parchment paper (wax paper). I find it is a lot easier to lift the paper up to help get your cookies then dealing the cookie pan itself. You can add sprinkles or colored sugar before baking. Icing should be done after the cookies bake & cool.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. I find 8 minutes is just right but if you like them to have more crisp go longer & if you find they get golden brown before 8 minutes take them out. You don’t want someone standing next to you asking you if you ruined the cookies & everything that was ever good about the day. Again just trust me on that one. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks & then eat!
And remember the Hallmark moments with the kids may not look the same as you picture them but you can look back at them and laugh (I hope).