Classic Sugar Cookies
2 to 3 dozen cookies
- 4 cups all-purpose flour (sift flour before measuring)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 1 1/2 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Domino® Confectioners Sugar for dusting waxed paper
- 4 cups Domino® Confectioners Sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon flavoring (optional)
- food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare greased cookie sheets,
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the granulated sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir in dry ingredients, a third at a time, until all is incorporated, for a smooth, stiff dough. If dough appears dry, use hands to gently knead to evenly distribute butter.
Using waxed paper lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar, roll out a portion of the dough into a 1/4 inch thick rectangle. Press cookie cutter of desired shapes into dough. Trim away excess dough. Gently lift cut out cookies from waxed paper and place on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat rolling and cutting until all dough is used.
This dough is very easy to work with and does not require refrigeration before rolling; however, it can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Allow to come to room temperature before rolling.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until cookies are firm and light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool completely before decorating.
In a large bowl, beat all ingredients at medium speed for 8 to 10 minutes. Divide icing into separate containers; add food coloring of choice and stir. Keep icing covered to prevent drying. Store in refrigerator.
Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups of icing.
The type of cookie sheet you use can affect the baking time for cookies. Cookies bake and brown fastest on thin, dark cookie sheets. Cookies bake slowest on insulated cookie sheets, so you have more control over the degree of browning.