I received some super cute Christmas cookie cutters from a lady at work this year. So naturally that means I have to use them! Here is how they turned out!
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
From Better Homes and Gardens Limited Edition Cookbook
2/3 cup butter (I used real butter. YUM!!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 recipe Powder Sugar Icing
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill dough 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, frost with Powdered Sugar Icing
Powdered Sugar Icing
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk or orange juice
In a small bowl combined powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.
My Notes:I use self rising flour in all my baking endeavors. In doing this I omit any baking soda, baking powder, and salt the recipe calls for.
In the icing I used orange flavoring in place of the vanilla. It gave the cookies a nice flavor that was not just sugar.
Now on with the pictures!!