I have discovered the most amazing sugar cookie ever. Ever. Well, I discovered it and then I changed it, so now it is the most amazing recipe ever. I can't leave anything alone. It goes against my nature.
The best part is that it only uses very simple ingredients. You will need 1-1/2 c. softened butter (3 sticks), 2 c. sugar, 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 5 c. flour, 2 tsp. baking powder and 1 tsp. salt. You could add in lemon zest, substitute almond extract for some of the vanilla or some lemon extract for some of the vanilla extract. I made these as a playdate activity for Breuklyn and her friend, so I kept it simple.
First of all, we need to sift our flour, baking powder and salt. Sift. Sift. Sift. It takes time. It makes a huge big mess. It also makes light, fluffy cookies, which makes it worth it.
Three sticks of softened butter. Glorious.
Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. I used my hand mixer because I didn't want to overwork the flour later. You can use any kind of mixer that you want to and if you have arms like Popeye, you can do it by hand.
Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat each until completely incorporated.
Add in the vanilla extract with the final addition of egg.
Mix all ingredients together. Smile.
Gradually mix in your dry ingredients.
I mixed in the final addition of flour by hand. I didn't want to overwork the dough, because the less that you work it, the fluffier that your cookies will be. Once the dough has been completely mixed together, you are going to need to refrigerate the dough for at least an hour, but I would recommend refrigerating overnight. The best way to do this is to separate the dough into four individual sections.
I didn't have any saran wrap, so I used four sheets of wax paper that I buttered on the inside just to ensure that it wouldn't stick. Just make a ball out of the dough, put it on the wax paper and marvel at your ability to make beautiful cookie dough.
Seal them up with a piece of tape and stick them in the refrigerator. You will be tempted to pull them out and make cookies, but your patience will be rewarded if you let them hang out in there for a while.
Tomorrow we will discuss frosting and sprinkle options. Cookies will be made.
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