Several years ago I went to a cookie decorating class at my local Michael’s store with my sister. The instructor gave us a sugar cookie recipe that she uses for her business, and I think the recipe alone was worth the price of the class! My favorite thing about it is that the dough doesn’t need to be chilled. Personally, I hate doughs that I have to wait on. When I’m in the mood to bake, let me bake!
Quick Sugar Cookie Recipe
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter (cold)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla or flavoring of your choice (almond, lemon)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Sift together flour and baking powder; set aside. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and put into a mixing bowl. Keeping the butter cold is why we won’t have to chill the dough.) Start beating the butter. Slowly add the sugar and beat until well mixed. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Keep beating until the dough forms a loose ball. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball out to about ¼ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes; place on ungreased cookie sheets and place on middle rack of oven. Bake for 6 to 7 minutes or until the cookies are lightly brown on the edges.
Yields: Approx. 36 – 3” round cookies
A great tip also received in the class was instead of using just flour to roll out your dough, use a blend of 1 part powdered sugar to 2 parts flour. This helps lessen the possibility of adding too much extra flour to your dough when you roll it out.
Happy Decorating! – Linda