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Beautiful sugar cookies

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This instructable will guide you through the making of perfectly delicious sugar cookies.  These cookies both look stunning and taste great. Most sugar cookie recipes fail to impress, however this perfect blend ends up moist and fluffy every time. These make great gifts or a fun afternoon for the family.
 
 
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Step 1: Make the dough and glaze

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Ingredients for dough:
3/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for glaze:
powdered sugar
vanilla extract 
water or lemon juice


Directions:
Cream together the room temperature butter with the sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Slowly add in eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl whist the dry ingredients then add them slowly into the butter/sugar mixture until incorporated.  Chill the dough until firm (an hour or so).

This dough can be made well in advance and frozen until needed.  I am a teacher so I prepared this when I had time to over thanksgiving break to get ready for the christmas holiday.

Step 2: Rollin the dough

Roll the dough out between two sheets of wax paper.  Parchment paper works, however it doesn't seem to stick  as much on the wax paper.  Cut out any shapes you'd like and try to bake like sized cookies along with like sized cookies.  Most cookie shapes take about 6-8 minutes in my oven, however all ovens will differ.  Bake until lightly browned on the bottoms and let cool for 2 minutes before removing them from the pan.  

Helpful tip: To get perfectly uniform cookies use 1/4 inch wooden dowels to roll your dough out on or purchase some rolling pin spacers.  I spent fifty cents on the dowel rods which work wonderfully.
rawrmk1 year ago
this is really good for christmas. im going to try it out on christmas.
Christmas hippos? Awesome! I want a hippopotamus for Christmas....
stevequag (author)  RollerScrapper2 years ago
I've been making my sister hippo cookies for a few years now, it's become tradition. It started with her love for that song and cookies! This year I added one of her other favorite things by adding leopard print, she loved them :)
Catsunami2 years ago
Cute :D I'm going to have to make some dinosaurs!
Beautiful cookies!
nice cookies, makes me hungry just looking at them!
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