We finally got into the holiday spirit around here by making and decorating sugar cookies. I used a recipe from Country Living, and it was easy. The left over icing will last a few weeks in the frig, so we'll be using it make gingerbread men and more cookies.
|2 stick(s)||softened unsalted butter|
|1 1/2 teaspoon(s)||vanilla extract|
|3 1/4 cup(s)||all-purpose flour|
- In a large bowl, using a mixer set on medium-high, beat together softened unsalted butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract and salt. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add all-purpose flour, beating until ingredients are combined. (Dough will be slightly sticky.)
- Divide dough into 4 equal portions and cover each in plastic wrap, patting into 1/2-inch-thick squares. Chill until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll out dough, a square at a time, to 1/3 inch thick. Cut out cookies using ornament- or tag-shaped cutters. Transfer cookies to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill for 10 minutes.
- Bake until lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Cool completely on pan or wire rack before decorating.