Baking is a big part of Christmas for our family. Well--baking for me and eating the results for some of the others. I love sugar cookies and have tried many different recipes looking for the perfect one but I always go back to my favorite. I've never found another I like better. The secret is that this version uses confectioners' sugar rather than the granulated sugar called for in the majority of recipes for this type of cookie. And it also calls for two kinds of flavorings.
I'm going to share the recipe today so you can enjoy these super good cookies, too. And then, a bit of chatter about writing in the food world.
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 c. sifter confectioners' sugar
1 c, butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
Mix sugar and butter with mixer until creamy. Add egg and flavorings, mix thoroughly. Stir dry ingredients together and blend into the butter/sugar mixture. Refrigerate 2-3 hours.
Heat oven to 375'. Divide dough in half and roll on lightly floured pastry cloth about 3/16th inches thick. Cut with cookie cutter, sprinkle with sugar. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 7-8 min, or until delicately golden. Cool on cookie sheet for a minute or so. Remove to wire rack to cool.
If I plan to frost the cookies after baking, I roll them just a little bit thicker. Not much. Cool and frost.
I found the recipe in a Betty Crocker Cooky Book that I purchased in 1961. I love using both the vanilla and almond flavorings.
There are many opportunities to write about cooking and baking or eating in restaurants on your travels. I'm surprised more people don't consider it. One of my published articles early in my writing journey was about Pub fare we'd eaten on a trip in the UK and Ireland. I wrote it because so often we hear how blah the food in that part of the world is. We found it to be quite good in almost all the pubs we ate in during that 3 week trip.
If you have a favorite recipe or a special place you like to eat or ethnic food recipes handed down from generations, consider using them in your writing world. Meanwhile, I hope you'll try my favorite sugar cookie recipe. They work for Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day or Easter, as well as for Christmas. Or any time of the year!