And the extravaganza continues, with another recipe! As if pretzels and homemade pumpkin pie wasn't enough, now we're really into the holiday spirit with sugar cookies! I hand the reigns over to Lisa Schroeder to share her favorite recipe, and she's even offered up some The Day Before bookmarks to two lucky commenters!
When I was in fourth and fifth grade, my friend Laurie and I would spend a whole day of winter break doing nothing but baking cookies. Her mom had a sugar cookie recipe that I LOVED, and for years, I tried recipe after recipe trying to find one that reminded me of her mom's.
Finally, five years or so ago, I found it in The Oregonian. These have a delicate crunch that melts on the tongue and an addictive vanilla-almond flavor that I love. They taste just as great plain as they do frosted. It's now a tradition for me to make these cookies, and then my kids help decorate them.
Mary's Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup butter at room temp (don't use margarine)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Mix sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract; mix thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Stir flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together and blend in. Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. (Dough will be VERY hard, but it softens up quickly and still gets sticky - use *lots* of flour on the board or mat).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll 1/4 inch think on floured pastry cloth (I don't have one of those!) Cut with cookie cutter and sprinkle with sugar (or leave plain if you are going to decorate with frosting and sprinkles later). Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and bake 7-8 minutes or until delicately golden.
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 tablespoons half-and-half
Merry Christmas! Eat lots of cookies!!
Thank you, Lisa, for sharing that recipe! And now for those of you Lisa Schroeder fans, I have some bookmarks for her upcoming 2011 release The Day Before to give away. 2 comments will be chosen randomly after 12/26.