Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sugar Cookies

I spent my Saturday night making these sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day.   This is my grandmother’s recipe and my family has enjoyed them for many years.  You can have them plain or frosted.  You can make them for any holiday, all holidays, or just because; just change out the cookie cutter and get creative.

I personally like them frosted with red hots and cold glass of milk.  YUM!   Admittedly, I had a couple for breakfast.   They are good at anytime of day as a meal or for a snack.   I suggest sharing them with your friends.  I packed mine into Valentine bags and put them in the freezer and will be shipping them out to some lucky family members on Monday morning.  

Be warned, they are dangerous to have in your house.   They are addicting and you might find yourself eating more than you should.

Without further adieu, here is my grandmother’s famous recipe.

Deluxe Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar 
Make or buy vanilla frosting (I cheat and buy frosting - I like the whipped Vanilla frosting).  
For decorating, I recommend red hots (you'd be surprised how good these are on the cookie), sprinkles, food coloring (to change frosting color), candy hearts, and whatever else you can think of.  There are fun options in the cake isle at the grocery store.  
-  Cover and chill dough for 2-3 hours.

Don't worry if the dough looks or feels hard, it will be fine once you start to roll it out.

-  Heat oven to 350-375 degrees.

- Roll and cut out (use lots of flour on the counter and rolling pin as the cookies tend to stick; I like my cookies a little thicker – if you roll them too thin they break easily)

- Bake on greased cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes (keep an eye on them as they can brown quickly)

- Cool; then frost and decorate.

- Enjoy with cold milk & share with family and friends.

There is still time to make these for your Valentine!   Happy Valentine's Day!

TIP:  Remember to always wear an apron.  You will avoid stains on your clothes and flour hand prints on your pants.  

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