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Sugar Cookies From Scratch Recipe

Now, here's one that's been around since my grandma's grandma started baking cookies. Sugar cookies from scratch are nice to look at and good to eat. It's a recipe I'm sure to turn to when the cookie decorating holidays are here because it is one that rolls out easily to make those lovely shapes. Fun to make these sugar cookies from scratch.

Steven and the Decorated Sugar Cookies from Scratch

Why does everyone love sugar cookies? Perhaps it's because of their flavor, and maybe it's because they can be cut into such fancy shapes. If you have some kids around to help make these sugar cookies from scratch, they will certainly enjoy choosing and cutting the different cookie shapes. Decorative toppings also work well on sugar cookies.

The recipe below holds the key to your own perfect sugar cookies from scratch. If you like, you can experiment with many cookie shapes, try making hearts, dogs, or half moons.

Preheat your oven to 390 degrees F.

From Scratch Ingredients:

3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
(HINT: use butter, they sure taste better even if there are a few more calories. Oh MY! You’re eating a cookie, not a piece of celery. Forget the diet for once!)
1 cup white sugar (granulated)
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 -3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

Sugar Cookies from Scratch Directions:

In a large bowl and electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy; beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly, to form a soft dough. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours) or for up to 3 days.

On a floured board, roll out cookie dough, a portion at a time, to a thickness of 1/8 inch (keep other portions of dough refrigerated). Cut out with cookie cutters or free hand your own cookie shapes and place slightly apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle generously with sugar.

Bake scratch cookies in a 390 degrees oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer sugar cookies to racks and let cool completely before handling. Store sugar cookies in airtight containers.

Recipe makes about 3 dozen sugar cookies from scratch.

Fun Easy to Cut Sugar Cookies

Let children choose one or more fun cookie shapes, could be any shapes. Trace or draw shapes onto sturdy cardboard. 3 to 5 inch shapes work good for cookies. Cut out patterns with scissors, making sure edges are smooth.

Prepare dough as directed for sugar cookies from scratch; divide into 12 equal portions. On a floured board or directly on a lightly floured baking sheet, roll out each portion to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. Let children cut around patterns with a dull knife; then lift off excess dough and set aside to re roll for additional cookies. Offer toppings such as chocolate chips or any healthy kind of nuts. Bake as directed for some fun sugar cookies.

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Grandma's Cookies and Tea

As I watched the sun sink low in the west, I reminisced about my grandma and how she loved the sunset. She would sit on the swing on the porch, eating one of her famous sugar cookies and sipping her cup of tea. She would watch the big, round, yellow ball kiss the horizon and softly say a prayer thanking God for another beautiful day.

However, during the day she did what she loved best. She would get out her recipe box and go through her cookie recipes to see what she thought would appeal to her loved ones. She knew that my favorite was oatmeal and raisin and my brother’s was brownies with frosting on them. My sister was partial to Grandma’s peanut butter cookies.

She would finally decide on which cookie she was going to bake that day. No matter what Grandma made they were always a hit!!

Oh how I miss my Grandma’s home baking. Grandma left her cooking sheets and cookie recipes for me, but somehow, no matter how hard I try, I can never get mine to taste the same as Grandmas! But I won’t give up because I am sure one day, my granddaughters will reminisce about their Grandma’s cookies and try to get them to taste as good as mine!

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In case you haven’t heard … gourmet style cookies are to 2013 what cupcakes were for 2011! The cookie's somewhat dull, predictable reputation has undergone a complete makeover from glazed and filled to become the latest trend in the pastry scene. Artisan and “designer” cookies are popping up at local Farmer’s Markets, specialized bakeries and are even being featured on menus in restaurants, as a delightfully delicious dessert.

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Note: For you people whom have never read a recipe before,
(an’ I know you’re out there)
here are what some abbreviations mean.

c.= cup (what else?)
tsp. = teaspoon
Tbsp.= Tablespoon (notice this one is always capitalized)
pwd.= powder
amt.= amount
lt. br. = light brown (as in sugar)
lg. = large (as in eggs)

granulated sugar = white sugar
(you know, the kind ya stir into your coffee each
mornin’ before your eyes will open).

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