Maria is a master of public health, and a master gardener. She & husband Bo, known online as The Gardener & The Cook are in coastal Alabama.
This is a basic sugar cookie recipe using ingredients that both my mom and her mom made for our family. It calls for ingredients that can be found in the kitchen of most anyone who bakes: flour, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract, baking powder, and baking soda.
My mom used lemon flavoring. I use vanilla extract. Both will yield a delicious cookie, so it’s a matter of personal preference.
Freeze the Dough or Baked Cookies for Later Use
Need to make them ahead for use later? The dough may be kept in the refrigerator for a few days before being used. You can also cut out the cookies, then freeze them to be baked later, or bake them and then pop them into the freezer.
I have done all of these variations, and they worked just fine. They may be sprinkled with sugar, or coated with buttercream icing.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (we use unbleached flour)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened (we use vegan butter)
- 1 teaspoon lemon or vanilla flavoring
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
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- Set butter out to soften for at least 2 hours, and set out the eggs at least 30 minutes before you're ready to begin cooking.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, soda, and baking powder.
- On low speed, cut in butter until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs.
- Add sugar and flavoring (lemon or vanilla) to beaten eggs, and beat thoroughly.
- Blend egg mixture into flour mixture.
- Chill for at least 2 hours. You can chill overnight if you need more time to get back to making cookies.
- Roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch, and cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
- Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. If you plan to ice/frost the cookies, don't sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 375°F (190.56°C) for 6 to 8 minutes, depending on your oven.
- When cool, sprinkle with sugar or decorate with frosting, if desired.
Double Layer Cookies, Anyone?
For two of the Valentine's Day cookies, in the photo above, I used a tiny heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the opening in a larger heart-shaped cookie. After spreading either red frosting or raspberry puree on a solid heart cookie, I placed the one with the cut-out on top. Voila! Beautiful double-layer cookies. The next photo shows them in the final stage of this process.
This can be done for any occasion. You just need the appropriate cookie cutters. For the patriotic cookies (in the last photo), I suppose I will need to look for a small star-shaped cutter, if I want double layer stars.
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