As many of you know I previously had two baking businesses. In doing so much baking for others I kind of lost the passion I had when I started out. SO I have walked away from both of them and am finding that I still do enjoy baking. So I thought I would start sharing some of my secrets with you. First up is my sugar cookie recipe. This recipe can be used for regular old sugar cookies OR rolled cutout cookies.
1 c butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 c flour
1. Cream butter with powdered sugar until nice and creamy.
2. Add egg and almond flavoring. I don’t measure the almond flavoring because I’ve been doing this so long. Mix until combined. Try not to overmix.
3. Measure out flour and add baking soda to flour. Add mixture a little at a time. As you can see I cover mine with a towel so that the flour doesn’t fly everywhere. Mix it on slow. If you overmix you will end up with cookies that spread out all over the pan.
4. Continue adding flour until all has been added. Mix until it is all mixed and looks like this. Then place in refrigerator for a couple hours or overnight.
5. Generously flour the surface where you will be rolling out the dough.
6. Take a handful size of dough and work it with your hand a little before you start to roll with rolling pin.
7. Flour the rolling pin so the dough doesn’t stick to it.
8. Roll the dough out until it is about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick (depending on how thick you like your cookies). If you go too thin they will be hard to get off the counter and will likely break when you are trying to decorate them.
9. Use your favorite cutout to cut the shapes out of the dough.
10. Place them on the pan. Don’t put them too close in case they do start to spread out a bit but you can fit quite a few on the pan.
11. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown.
12. Transfer them to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Now if you aren’t into frosting them you could put sprinkles on them BEFORE you bake them or you can frost them with your favorite frosting. I’ll be back with another post to share how I frost them. If you prefer to just use them for straight up sugar cookies you may just roll them into balls and then roll them in sugar before pressing them down on the pan. They are delicious either way!