CULINARY STAPLE: THE SUGAR COOKIE

THE SWEET TOOTH:
Need a quick dessert for your next neighborhood soiree?  These simple, oh-so-easy-to-make cookies are always a hit. Pillow-y, light-as-air cookies serve as a great base for any of your favorite icings and can be tailored for year-round holidays. Not to mention, they’re a cinch to make with Kid A, so a built in kid-friendly activity.

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THE RECIPE:
2 cups sugar + ½ lb unsalted butter + 2 eggs + 1 tsp vanilla + 5 cups flour + 1 cup buttermilk + 1 T baking soda dissolved in 1 T warm water

  •  Preheat oven 350
  •  Mix cream butter and sugar
  • Add eggs
  • Add vanilla
  • Add flour, buttermilk, baking soda, alternating, ending with flour
  • Spoon onto sheet pans
  • Bake 10 – 15 min until golden around the edges

THE ICING:
¼ pound unsalted butter + 3 cups confectioners’ sugar + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 3 T milk

  • Cream butter and sugar
  • Add vanilla and milk
  • Spread onto cooled cookies

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THE RESULT: 
While I am classically trained by The French Culinary Institute, let me be clear – you don’t need to be John Q. Pastry Chef to make and enjoy this cookie.

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