Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sugar Cookies

I first saw this recipe on Or So She Says and knew I would give them a try.  I'm a sucker for any cookie recipe calling for 4 sticks of butter and a sugar cookie recipe that doesn't require rolling and cookie cutters.  I decreased the flour amount a little to suit the Nevada desert ... this recipe is a keeper.

1     pound butter
3     cups sugar
2     eggs
2     t. vanilla
5     cups flour
2     t. baking soda
1     t. baking powder
6     T. buttermilk
       sanding sugar

Preheat oven to 350.  Cream butter and sugar and then beat in eggs and vanilla.  In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Add the dry ingredients to the creamed ingredients and mix well.  Add buttermilk to make the dough soft, not wet.  I used an ice cream sized scoop (we like large cookies) and placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment, sprinkling them generously with sanding sugar after flattening them with a sugared glass bottom.  Bake until slightly brown around the edges, barely showing  a golden color.

A quick note about sanding sugar.  Williams Sonoma will always have pretty sanding sugar, but it's pricey.  I like the King Arthur sanding sugar and it's less money, especially if you wait for a 'free shipping' promotion.

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