Here's to full bellies!
Vanessa's No Fail Sugar Cookies
2 cups butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 t. vanilla extract (can substitute almond extract as well)
6 cups flour
3 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla (or almond extract). In a seperate bowl, mix dry ingredients well. While mixing on low speed, add dry ingredients by the cupful to wet ingredients. mix until flour mixture is incorporated and the dough comes together.
Lay one sheet of wax paper on cutting board, and dump out dough ball. Cover dough ball with second sheet of wax paper and roll out using a rolling pin to 1/4"-1//2" thickness. Place dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour to chill thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from refrigerator and remove top sheet of wax paper. Using desired cutters, cut out shapes from dough, moving quickly to keep dough chilled. Place cut out shapes on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges brown.
Continue re-rolling dough out between two sheets of wax paper and chilling dough until all dough is used.
Yield: up to 5 dozen 3" sugar cookies. (Half the recipe if you need a smaller yield of cookies.)
Sugar cookie "gingerbread" men
Sugar cookies the kids decorated
Sugar cookies iced and decorated
Ready for the Christmas Eve party! The sugar cookies were a big hit! :)