Monday, December 20, 2010

sugar cookies, a holiday tradition

Each Christmas I get together with a few of my cousins, my sister, and my sister in law and we spend an entire day baking sweet treats to share with friends and family.  It's always a special day, filled with laughter, flour, reminiscing, icing and love.  This year we made buckeyes, oatmeal chocolate chip cranberry cookies (thank you anna!), peppermint bark, oreo truffles, funfetti cookies (thanks haley!), chocolate covered pretzels, and of course, everyone's favorite: sugar cookies decked out with icing, candies, and sprinkles.  I love watching our decorators pull out all the stops with their designs.  I thought I would share my sugar cookie dough recipe with you.  What are you baking this holiday season?

Sugar Cookies

1 1/3 cups Margarine
1 ½ cups Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 ½ Tbs. Milk
4 cups Flour
3 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Salt

Mix all ingredients well, divide dough into halves (or even quarters) and put in ziploc bags. Chill for one hour (I’ve chilled overnight). On a floured surface roll out dough (about 1/8 – ¼ inch) and cut with your favorite cookie cutters. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 7-8 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool and then decorate.

1 comment:

RoseMamie said...

I really need your secret to easy cutout cookies that keep their shape. I always get them either too thin and tear them in the process or too thick and they puff up too much. These are adorable..and what a fun day!!