Saturday, April 12, 2014

One Batch Of Sugar Cookies

The cookie question I get asked over and over again is "how many sugar cookies does your recipe make?"

Well,  that's a hard question to answer because it all depends on the size of the cookie cutters you use.

So to help answer the question here's a picture of the all the Easter cookies I got from one batch of dough using an assortment of cutters from 1.5-inches (the small rabbit) to 3.5-inches (the large round and rectangle).  I hope this visual helps.

Here's my favorite tried and true sugar cookie recipe:

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

 In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until blended, then beat on high speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat until well blended. Add flour and salt; beat on low speed until combined, then on medium speed until well blended. Divide dough into two equal portions. Place dough between sheets of plastic wrap. Press evenly into a disk and chill until dough is firm, at least 20 minutes. Working with one portion of dough at a time (keep remaining chilled), peel off plastic wrap and roll on a floured board until 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured cutters and transfer onto bare baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees (325 for convection) for 7 to 9 minutes or until firm to the touch and slightly darker brown around edges. Cool on wire racks. 

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