My girls and I decided on the Remembrance Day holiday to do some sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are not a favorite of mine - the rolling of the dough always gets me! But I had such good company and we decided to turn it into a test kitchen for sugar cookie dough. We had a ball! We tried 3 recipes and this was our favorite - it was easy, tastes good without any icing and out of all our testers - this was the one they all rated as the best. It's an old Betty Crocker recipe (can't beat Betty!) - an oldie but a goodie.
We made a ton of cookies, had lots of laughs and decided to make it a new tradition - one we will all look forward to every year - I guess I do like making sugar cookies:) Next year our challenge will be the decorating - our's needs some work, but we do love a challenge!
In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix until blended (low to medium speed) (cover the blender with a tea towel and you won't have that little shower of icing sugar when you turn your mixer on)
1 1/2 c. icing sugar
1 cup butter (softened)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour (spooned into measuring cup)
1 tsp.b. soda
1 tsp. cream of tartar
Cover and pop into the fridge for a couple of hours.
Divide dough in half and roll (on floured surface) until about 1/4 inch thick. (I put parchment paper over top of the dough and loved that it didn't stick to my rolling pin)
Use your favorite cookie cutters (we've used an inverted glass to get round shapes if you don't have any cutters - p.s. if you need some, we have some really pretty snowflake shaped ones available online or instore) The tree ones I used were from some that we sold instore a couple of years back.
You can put spinkles on these before you bake them if you aren't wanting to play with icing:)
Bake at 350 for about 7 minutes until lightly brown on the edges.
Let cool and decorate.
Mix together, until well blended
1 c. icing sugar
2 tsp. milk
2 tsp. corn syrup
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Add in whatever color you like - I split the icing into a few different bowls and added different color to each - go light on the color adding in slowly to get what you like.
Ice cookies, play with spinkles and.....