Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sugar Cookies

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   Making holiday cookies is a great kid project on a winter's day. We used to do it on the day we put up our Christmas tree. Early in the day I would make the batter and let it chill until we drug the tree home. While the lights were being tested and strung, the kids were decorate the cookies to keep them busy while waiting. As they took turns hanging decorations, they could eat their hand-made cookies and sip eggnog or apple juice.
   This recipe is simple and the batter can be made ahead and chilled until ready to use if you cover it tightly. Decorate with a basic icing and sprinkles or candies.

1-1/2 cups margarine 
2 cups sugar 
4 eggs 
2 tsp. vanilla 
3 tsp. baking powder 
2 tsp. salt 
5-1/2 cups flour 

Cream margarine and sugar until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Add 
vanilla. Mix flour, salt and baking powder and add to creamed mixture. 
Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 
(Dough is easier to work with if you let chill for an hour.)
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