Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day!

Now this is a holiday I can get behind! My friend Emily over at Sugar and Meringue is hosting a blog party and cookie exchange. Since I haven't had time to actually make sugar cookies this week (I'm going to try to this weekend), I thought I'd post my favorite sugar cookie recipe.
I LOVE this recipe which came from my best friend Erron's grandmother (Thanks Erron!). It's extremely flavorful and is fabulous for rolled cookies as the dough keeps the shape well and doesn't spread in the oven.
**One note on this recipe--You MUST refrigerate overnight, a few hours won't do it. This dough freaks me out every time I make it. When it goes into the fridge it is very sloppy and doesn't seem like it will ever firm up enough to roll out, but every time I'm pleasantly shocked and it works perfectly. So, just trust me on this and try this recipe. You'll love it!

Oh, also know that this makes a HUGE batch!

World's Best Sugar Cookies
1 Cup Butter (room temperature)
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
4 Cups All Purpose Flour

Cream butter, sugar and oil together. Beat in eggs, add vanilla. Cream to just incorporated--creaming too long (to light and fluffy) makes the cookies spread. In a separate bowl sift together cream of tartar, baking soda, salt and flour. Stir flour mixture into creamed mixture until fully incorporated.
Divide into two or three balls and enclose in waxed or parchment paper. Refrigerate overnight or longer.
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll out chilled dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on silpat sheets or lightly greased baking sheets for 10-12 minutes until edges begin to brown.

For those of you who like to decorate cookies you'll love these flavorful, firm cookies that hold the shapes you've so carefully cut out. Enjoy and let me know how you like them!


Amanda said...

I will definitely try this recipe! Once it cools down a bit so I can bake anyways. :)

Suzanne said...

I think those might be the CUTEST sugar cookies I"ve ever seen!
I can't wait to try the recipe!