Sugar Cookies

Sugar, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah...oh, sugar cookies....nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah...

Ahem...,decorating sugar cookies brings to mind three things:

1) The song it stuck in your head yet?  It's in mine.
2) My youth (which like summer, i'm holding on to...with both hands, tightly)
3) Christmas

Hmmm, lets recap...I'm no longer a kid, it isn't December and I haven't been listening to the 'oldies on the radio.  So, why the desire to bake and decorate sugar cookies in August?  Easy.  A cookie play date.  What better way to occupy kids for an hour, than letting them get their hands sticky while making a tasty treat.
I let my two kidlets each pick out a couple cookie shapes for themselves and our guests.  L - being a typical boy, was all about T-Rex and airplanes.  Whereas R - was a complete girly-girl, opting for butterflies and flowers.  Throw in a little icing (or a lot of icing) smarties, gummi bears, coconut and sprinkles and you've got yourself a mid-morning sugar coma.  (okay, mid-afternoon...the responsible parent in me made sure the kids got lunch first.  Medal awarded!)
Thanks for the play date V, B & L!

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups flour 

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper set aside.
In a large bowl (or kitchenaid artisan mixer), cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.  Beat in egg and vanilla.
In separate bowl combine baking powder and flour.  Add one cup at a time to butter mixture, mixing after each addition. 
Divide dough in 2 portions.
On a floured surface, roll each portion to 1/4" thickness.  Dip cookie cutter in flour before use.  Cut out shapes. 
Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes depending on size, until cookies are lightly browned.
Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with frosting and candies. 
Makes 20-24 average sized cookies. 

waiting to be covered in sugar, sugar & more sugar....
The Set-Up
Future Picasso?
Plated & Ready to Eat.


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