Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12 days of baking || sugar cookies

sugar cookies have always been my favourite homemade cookie. no matter the holiday, they are an appropriate treat to incorporate into the festivities.

this past week, we had my sweet friend carie and her sweet kiddos over to bake with us. it was quickly agreed that between scooping and dumping, rolling and cutting, decorating and taste-testing, sugar cookies would offer enough tasks to keep two 4 year olds and and a 1.5 year old well entertained. of course tons of laughter, a giant mess and many delicious cookies were enjoyed by all.

sugar cookies
:: ingredients ::
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour + more for rolling out
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla

:: directions ::
preheat the oven to 375 degrees
cream butter and sugar together
add eggs and vanilla and continue to mix
in a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt
add dry ingredients slowly into wet and continue to mix. if your dough feels a bit sticky or still too wet, add another 1/4 cup of flour
roll out dough on well floured surface, cut into shapes and bake for 8-12 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden.

we added sprinkles, smarties and almonds to our cookies before baking so the kids would have a more active roll in the decorating, but feel free to top with butter cream icing (my fave! my aunt rose's special butter cream icing recipe is here) or whatever other decorations you fancy.

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