Jay’s Sugar Cookies / by Michael Graves

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Jay Francis, on the Board, representing Membership offers the following easy and delicious Sugar Cookie recipe this month:

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (make sure that the butter has softened at room temperature)

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 cups all purpose flour

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes.

  3. Beat in the extracts and egg.

  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder and salt  with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

  5. There isn’t a need to chill the dough. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).

  6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.