Martha Stewart's Basic Sugar Cookies

One of my personal favorite Christmas cookie recipes

1. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment. Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. Cut shapes with cookie cutters. Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.

3. Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. Decorate as desired.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars for decorating (optional)

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2 years ago
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@karenmartin this recipe looks so yummy! Peppermint meringues are my absolute favorite! So easy to:

Ingredients: 2 egg whites, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/2 cup white sugar, 2 peppermint candy canes, crushed

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
2. In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites, and salt. 3.Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until whites form stiff peaks. Drop by spoonfuls 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy over the cookies.
4.Bake for 1 1/2 hours in preheated oven. Meringues should be completely dry on the inside. Do not allow them to brown.
5.Let them cool and then enjoy!

2 years ago
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