Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 cup margarine
  • 2 tsp white vanilla (Watkins and Wilton both make clear vanilla)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.   Line sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the sugar, margarine vanilla and egg together with an electric mixer.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a seperate bowl.
  4. Combine all of the ingredients together, be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Place the dough between 2 pieces of waxed parchment paper or seran wrap , push it down into a disk shape and place in the refrigerator to chill for a few a while.
  6. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface, roll it out 1/4 inch thick. **Don’t roll these cookies too thick because they’ll rise and the cookies will lose their shape.
  7. Use your favourite cookie cutters and place the dough onto the prepared baking sheets.
  8. If you want, add sugar sprinkles to the cookies before baking them. I usually bake them plain and ice them with frosting when they cool.
  9. Bake for 8-10 minutes. DONT OVERBAKE, these cookies should be soft.
  10. Cool on wire racks, store in an air-tight container

To decorate, I use one of these methods:

  • Buttercream Cookie Frosting and pipe it on with a star tip.

                      OR

  • Royal Icing (piping & flooding a design on the cookies) 
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