Introduction: Grandma's Christmas Sugar Cookies

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For the Christmas season, sugar cookies are one of the most popular desserts to bake. This recipe was one my grandma used to make; it is slightly different from other sugar cookies because it uses powdered sugar, anise, and baking soda. It has a perfect texture, and the dough has perfect consistency for rolling out on a floured surface. Enjoy!

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Step 1: Ingredients


1 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

3/4 teaspoon anise extract

1 Tablespoon cold water

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Step 2: Wet Ingredients

Cream butter and powdered sugar in a stand mixer. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract, and anise, and stir until combined.

Step 3: Dry Ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and the baking soda. Then pour into wet ingredients while stirring, until combined.

Step 4: Roll, Cut, Bake

Chill in fridge for 10 minutes in bowl. Then Place dough on a floured surface and roll dough out till thin enough for cookies. Use your own cookie cutters and cut out your own shapes. Place them on an ungreased baking sheet and place in preheated oven (350 degrees). Bake for 8 minutes, or until cookies are starting to brown.

Step 5: Frosting, and You're Done!

Choose your favorite recipe for sugar cookie frosting. I made this especially good one from Sugar Cookie Frosting.

Spread on your cookies and optionally sprinkle sprinkles.

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