Wednesday, April 20, 2011

BEST Sugar Cookies EVER (sorry Grammie, these are better than yours)

I have been searching for the "perfect" sugar cookie recipe for literally years, I grew up on my Grammie's recipe, it is good and to honor her I will make them from time to time BUT, this recipe one day will be the "Grammie" cookie my grandchildren will remember!  I use unsalted butter and bakers sugar, the sugar is more expensive but gives excellent results.  The cookies are organic for the most part, the only thing NOT organic is the cream of tartar, salt, baking powder and sugar, organic ingredients are not necessary for success.  I love making these cookies, the dough is easy to work with and the 5 t. vanilla makes my house smell soooooooo good!!!

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 eggs 
2 egg yolks
5 t. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter

Beat sugar and butter until fluffy, add eggs, egg yolks and vanilla, mix well.  Add next 4 ingredients, wrap dough in wax paper and refrigerate for a couple hours.

Preheat oven to 375
on a lightly floured surface roll out dough, cut into desired shapes and bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.  Keep a close eye on them they turn from perfect to burnt quickly.

Frosting-  I make a simple glaze style frosting with powdered sugar and water, watch how much water you use, you don't want the frosting to be too thin or it will run off the cookie.

Add 3/4 cup powdered baking chocolate you you have the best chocolate cut out cookies EVER EVER EVER...think crunchy chocolate brownie cookie!

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