Sunday, March 3, 2013
The Ultimate Sugar Cookie
Our Life Group meets at our house every Tuesday night, and every night I have tried to have some kind of snack or dessert available. I tend to plan last minute, and this past Tuesday night was no different.
I needed something that I could make with the ingredients in the cabinet so I scoured my dessert board, "Just Sweets," on Pinterest, but found nothing that I could make without a trip to the Grocery store. Next I began searching cookbooks. I found this sugar cookie recipe that I had saved from a package of Crisco Shortening. I had never tried this recipe and didn't actually know that I had it (I wish I did because last time I made sugar cookies, I searched for a recipe online and the one that I found didn't work out very well).
These cookies lived up to their name, "Ultimate Sugar Cookies." They were relatively simple to make and tasted great. They can be decorated in many different ways, and I tried several different toppings: sprinkles, decorating sugar (pictured), plain and Nutella frosting (made using Nutella, confectioners sugar and a little bit of cream).
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Decorations of your choice
1. Heat over to 375 degrees F. Place sheets of foil on countertop for cooling cookies.
2. Combine sugar and Butter Flavor Crisco in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, syrup, and vanilla. Beat until well blended and fluffy.
3. Combine 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add gradually to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until well blended. Divide dough into quarters.
4. Spread 1 tbsp flour on large sheet of waxed paper. Place one-fourth of dough on floured paper. Flatten slightly with hands. Turn dough over and cover with another large sheet of waxed paper. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with floured cutter. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet with large pancake turner. Place 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with granulated sugar or colored sugar crystals, or leave plain to frost when cooled.
5. Bake one baking sheet at a time at 375 degrees F for 5 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. Do not over bake. Cool two minutes on baking sheet. Move cookies to foil to cool completely. Frost if desired.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
Note: I found the optimal baking time to be 6 minutes, but this may vary depending on the thickness of your cookies.
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