Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sugar Cookies I & II

These Simple But Delicious Buttery Cookies Don't Have to Be Just A Holiday Treat
They are so good, you will want them year round

I am posting two sugar cookie recipes
Although they have different ingredients they taste identical
I have made both at the same time and did taste tests
No one was able to tell the difference.
So, you can choose the one that suits your pantry ;^)

Grandmom's Sugar Cookies 
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (trust me)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Beat in eggs & vanilla.
In a separate mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
Add flour mixture to the wedding next year one cup at a time string with a wooden spoon to incorporate. Separate dough into 3 portions, cover with plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least one hour (or overnight). Or it will be too tacky to roll.

 Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Roll dough on surface covered with sifted confectioners sugar to 1/8 inch thick.
We like our cookies very thin, light and crisp, so I roll my dough paper thin.
Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.
Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 5-6 minutes in preheated oven.
Remove from baking sheet immediately.
Allow to cool completely.

Aunt Betty's Sugar Cookies
1 box confectioners sugar
1/2 unsalted Butter, soften
3 Large Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons milk
4 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
Colored sugar for garnish

Cream together the butter, eggs, vanilla, sugar and salt.
Mix in the flour and add milk as needed until the cookie dough resembles the texture of a biscuit dough.
Roll the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Roll dough out thin in an equal mixture of flour and powdered sugar.
Bake at 375° F until golden about 9-10 minutes.
Remove from baking sheet immediately.
Allow to cool completely.