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good old fashioned sugar cookies

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Recipe by
Mary Leonard
Ocala, FL

Baking cookies, especially around the holidays, is a tradition in my family. I got this recipe from one of my sisters years ago. This recipe will make about 3 dozen cookies. Just a couple of tips if you aren't familiar with making rolled cookies: The dough needs to be chilled for easier handling. Use as little flour as possible when rolling it out. When rolling and cutting, use only a portion of the dough at a time; leave the rest in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll and cut the next batch for baking. When rolling, start from the center out towards the edges; after a few gentle rolling strokes check to see if the dough is sticking. If it is, sprinkle a little more flour under and on top of dough.

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prep time 15 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For good old fashioned sugar cookies

  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp
    lemon extract or lemon peel
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp
    cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp
  • sugar for sprinkling (optional)

How To Make good old fashioned sugar cookies

  • 1
    Beat butter until creamy and light.
  • 2
    Beat in sugar until mixture is creamed. Add egg and beat. Add vanilla and lemon(extract or peel, whichever you prefer) and nutmeg.
  • 3
    In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until blended.
  • 4
    Chill, covered, in freezer for about 30 minutes or in refrigerator for 2 - 3 hours.
  • 5
    Roll out a portion of dough carefully on floured board to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into shapes.
  • 6
    Place on greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.
  • 7
    Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.
  • 8
    Let cool on pan for a couple of minutes, then remove to rack to cool completely.

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