2011-08-11 / Family

Sugar Cookies Still A Popular Treat

Cookies come in many flavors, shapes and sizes. While cookies have evolved over the years, one favorite remains a staple for many: sugar cookies. Enjoyed among adults and children alike, sugar cookies, like the following recipe for “Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies” from the “Better Homes and Gardens(R) New Cook Book” (Meredith Books), make a delicious midday snack or post-dinner treat.

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies Makes about 48 cookies

1 cup butter, softened
11/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
23/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 11/2 cups sugar; beat until combined. Beat in eggs, cream of tartar, baking soda, vanilla, and salt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the 1/4 cup sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until light brown.

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