Sugar Cookie for Cut-outs
(3-4 dozen – depends on thickness & cut-outs used)
1 cup Unsalted Butter, very soft
¾ cup Sugar
1 large Fresh Egg
½ tsp. Vanilla
2½ cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
¼ tsp. Salt
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Now add the egg and vanilla and continue to cream together. In a separate bowl combine flour, soda and salt and whisk together. To the butter mixture, add the flour a fourth at a time using an electric mixer on low to medium-low until flour is combined. Increase speed to high and mix until well incorporated. Flour a counter top and place cookie dough on it. Form into a ball and press down to flatten to about a half inch thickness. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out to a thickness of a quarter inch to three-eight inch. Depends on your desired thickness of the cookie. Use your favorite cut-out forms on the dough and place pieces on a parchment paper lined cookie tray. Put in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes depending on your oven. Remove to a wire rack of wax paper on the counter to cool. When cool, decorate with desired frosting and other holiday decorative items.
Note: There is a recipe for Royal Icing on my food blog to use for these cookies. It makes a hard shell frosting that dries fast. If you want to add sprinkles and other toppings, I recommend using another type of icing. One that combines powdered sugar, vanilla and milk would work great for use with sprinkles and other toppings.
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