Vanilla Sugar Cookies
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The extra vanilla make these cookies the best ever sugar cookie. Use any shape cookie cutter, or even a drinking glass for a perfect round shape. These cookies will look fun and festive on your Christmas cookie platter, or make them for your special valentine, or any time of year.
Recipe type: /dessert | Rolled and Cutout Cookies | Frosted Cookies
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk (preferably whole milk)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Colored Sugar (optional)
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar; cream together until mixture appears light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture; stir to mix.
  3. Form dough into a 6 inch flattened disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Baking sheets may be ungreased, lined with parchment paper, or lined with a non-stick baking mat.
  5. On a lightly floured pastry mat or pastry board, and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the dough to a ⅛ to ¼ inch thickness. Cut dough into desired shapes using a cookie cutter that has been dipped in flour (to help prevent dough from sticking to the cutter.)
  6. Bake: Place cutout dough 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set and the edges are very lightly browned. Remove cookies from baking sheets with a metal spatula and place on a wire cooling rack to cool.
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar, butter, and vanilla extract. Use an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon and beat together until mixture is smooth, adding enough milk to make a good spreading consistency. Add food coloring if desired.
  2. Frost cooled cookies, sprinkle with sugar sprinkles if desired. Set aside until frosting is set.
Recipe Notes
Pan: Two Large Baking Sheets Pan Prep: Ungreased or Parchment Lined Oven Temp: 350° Yield: 3 Dozen Storage: Airtight Container, Room Temperature

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