Friday, December 17, 2021

Christmas Cookies for 2: Sugar Cookies

 Sugar cookies are a tradition in our home.  When our kids were young, they made such a mess rolling them out that I wondered if it was worth it.  This video shows you a different method to make rolling out easier and save your kitchen from a huge mess mess and save your sanity as well.  

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

In a small to medium bowl, mix the following:

1 Tablespoon softened butter

1/2 Tablespoon (1 1/2 teaspoons) shortening

2 Tablespoons white sugar


1/8 teaspoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon whisked egg (crack an egg, whisk it, and then measure with a tablespoon)

Mix well.

In a separate bowl, about the size of a cereal bowl, mix the following:

5 Tablespoons flour

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix well.  If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little more flour.  

Get out a piece of parchment paper and place your dough on top of it.

Get out a piece of plastic wrap and place it over the dough.

Roll the dough between the parchment paper and the plastic wrap.

Peel off the plastic wrap and save it to roll out additional cookies.

Cut out your cookies using cookie cutters, a glass, or a knife to make it how you want.  Remove the cookies dough around the cookies and smash it into a ball to roll out more cookies.

Repeat this process with the leftover dough, rolling between the parchment paper and the plastic wrap.  You can roll out as many times as you need to since you are not using additional flour to roll out the cookies.  Your cookie dough doesn't get too dry and your kitchen stays cleaner, especially with little helpers.

When you are done rolling out your cookies, throw away the plastic wrap.

Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 6-10 minutes or until done.  Some people like soft sugar cookies and some like them a little crispier.  Bake them to your preference.

Take the cookies out of the oven and place them on a cooling rack.  Frost them when they are cool, or eat them plain.  They taste great either way!  

This recipe makes about 3 1/2 large sugar cookies.  They freeze well!

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