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Sugar Cookies

February 22, 2012

I know I’m a little late with this recipe but I wanted to let you know of a super simple but totally delicious Sugar Cookie recipe.  I have been making this recipe for years and probably got it from my Mom who probably got it from her Mom.  I make these cookies for most of the holidays because all you have to do is change the color of the frosting and sprinkles and you have wonderful holiday cookies.  These are the ones I made for Valentine’s Day.

Here’s what you need:
3/4 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl cream margarine and sugar until smooth.
Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
Add in the flour mixture and mix well.
This dough is very soft.  At this point if you are going to make cut out sugar cookies, use a piece of parchment on the counter.  Use up to 1/4 cup of extra flour to get the dough smooth and not as sticky so you can roll it out into 1/4 inch thickness; it will still be very soft dough.
Flour a metal spatula and slide it under the cutouts to lift and place on the parchment lined baking sheet. This takes a few times to get the hang of it.  Don’t get discouraged!  They will turn out beautifully.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.  Cookies will not brown.  Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to cooling rack.
If you are not making cutout cookies use a medium cookie scoop or a walnut sized ball of dough and place on baking sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.  Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes then move to cooling rack or paper towels.
Frost with this Vanilla Buttercream and use cute sprinkles for added flair!

The best (and easiest) Sugar Cookies!  You gotta try this recipe.
Serves – 36 approx.
Here’s the handy printable – Sugar Cookies
Here’s the handy printable – Vanilla Buttercream

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