Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Baking for the Holidays Part 1

~~Sugar Cookies~~

I don't bake every Christmas but when I do I bake a lot...A LOT! It seems that I spent lots of time in my kitchen this Holiday season. I baked before Christmas for Christmas gifts to friends. I baked for Christmas Day to bring desserts for our family get together and I baked for New Year's Eve to bring sweets over to a friend"s house. 

Besides baking a chocolate cake (from a box mix) and ordering pecan pies, there were 3 recipes I used for my Holiday baking. 

Here is the 1st one (I'll post the other 2 in the next couple of days)~~~

Sugar Cookies~~


1 1/2 cups butter, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl, cream together butter & sugar until smooth

Beat in eggs & vanilla

Stir in flour, baking powder & salt

It helps to have a happy face in the kitchen to help out!!

Chill dough for at least 1 hour (or over night)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface
1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter.

Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheet.
(I put mine fairly close together because they don't spread out that much while baking)
And I added sprinkles (because I really like sprinkles!!)

Bake for 6 - 8 minutes in preheated oven
Cool completely.
This recipe makes LOTS of cookies!!!

I even added a little lemon flavoring to half of one batch. My husband loves lemony desserts
so I made these especially for him. 

So sugary good
and so easy to make!!

These would be great for Valentine's Day treats!!!

Let me know if you try this recipe!!

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