Monday, October 11, 2010

October 8 Basic Sugar Cookies

A great recipe to have for any holiday is a basic sugar cookie. You can do so much with it. I  like to try to keep a batch in the freezer, ready to cook. It is easier to color the dough before you freeze but you may not always know what you want to use it for. I found a really easy recipe in Real Simple Magazine last January and have used it several times. We will post a few ideas of what you can do with the dough a little later.
Basic Sugar Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping the cookies
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temp
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the egg and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated (the dough will be stiff). Shape into a disk and refrigerate, wrapped, for at least an hour.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Crack egg
  2. Help measure and add flour, salt, and baking soda
  3. Add butter and sugar to bowl
  4. Take turns adding flour mixture
Maurene's Tasks:
  1. Push the buttons on the microwave to melt the butter
  2. Take turns adding flour mixture
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Add vanilla and egg to bowl
  3. Operate stand mixer
  4. Mediate cranky children for turn sharing
This was a very easy recipe. The girls ended up getting flour everywhere while trying to add it to the mixer. I recommend a lot of patience for messes. In the end it was easy to clean up and the girls had the best time helping. They do not know that their daddy got in the kitchen and licked the beater while they were playing. It is fortunate that they are both so young and easy to distract.

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