Thursday, April 3, 2008

The Baking Fiesta continues....

We all love sugar cookies here at our house, and usually I do them around each holiday, in shapes and decorate them. This time I decided to try without frosting. I chose a recipe from one of my new favorite books, "America's Best Lost Recipes". Check out this book it has great old fashioned recipes from days gone by.

They are very soft, and not too sugary. Nice to have with tea. So give it a try...

Iola's White Sugar Cookies

1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. buttermilk
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. In your mixing bowl, cream together until fluffy the butter and sugar. Reduce speed and add egg and vanilla, until combined.
2. Combine the dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. NOTE: If you have no buttermilk, take 1/2 c. of milk and add in 1/2 tsp white vinegar.
3. Wrap the finished dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled. At least 2 hours or overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the chilled dough about 1/4 inch thick and cut with 2 1/2 inch circle cutter. Space them an inch apart on baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 12 to 14 minutes , let cool 20 minutes before storing. You can reroll any scraps you have and cut. Store in air tight container and they will stay moist for awhile.

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