Friday, December 17, 2010

Do you make Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs?

Well, as I have mentioned before I make them quite a bit (Sugar Cookies Cut-Outs, that is!),and have many cookie cutters to prove it. This time for the school bake sale, I settled on 3 cutters that were super easy to decorate: trees, stars, and mittens. The trees went over good, because the kids thought they were bigger. I had green trees all over my kitchen the night before the sale. I let them dry overnight before packing them away. When you have time make up the dough and store it in the fridge, then all you have to do is pull it out, roll , cut, and bake.

Here is the recipe that I use, and it seems to have a welcomed reception!

Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3 c. of Flour
1 1/2 c. of Granulated Sugar (I use half brown sugar )
2 Large Egg
2 tsp. of Baking Powder

*Preheat the oven to 375°F.

*Cream the butter and sugar.

*Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter / sugar mixture.

*In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.

*Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients one cup at a time, and continue mixing until the dough becomes stiff.

*Divide the dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour or more.

*On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough until it's approximately 1/8" thick.

*Cut out cookies using floured cookie cutters.

*Bake the cookies on an parchment covered cookie sheet for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they're golden brown on edges.

*Let the cookies cool before frosting.

**Now for the frosting I use a confectionery sugar frosting and dip the cookies in to get that smooth texture.

Confectionery Sugar Frosting -
3 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. lemon juice or extract, and enough warm water to get the dipping consistency you desire
**It works best in a mixing bowl with a whip. I let it go to get all the lumps out.

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