Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Best Sugar Cookies Ever
The quintessential sugar cookie. I think it's one of the trickiest cookies to bake simply because everyone has their own idea of how a sugar cookie is supposed to taste or what the textures is supposed to be like. Mine are either dry and crumbly, or they're a perfect crumb with hardly a flavor to speak of. The sugar cookies that make me cringe are the ones you see so covered with decorative icing that the cookie goes undetected.
This particular sugar cookie recipe turned out to be a huge winner - it was the first time I've tried this cookie recipe and I've already made it twice - that's over 150 cookies. They are tender and almost chewy. The vanilla comes through just enough to give the cookie great flavor without overpowering and they are delicious even without frosting - we haven't actually had them with frosting yet.
We'll definitely be including these in our handmade Christmas gift baskets.
Granny's Sugar Cookies
Makes approximately 84 cookies
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups butter, softened (do not substitute!)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream sugar and butter till fluffy; add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture till completely blended. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour to prevent sticking. Transfer cookies to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until just faintly golden around edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks. Decorate with frosting if desired.