Sunday, September 24, 2006

With a Cup of Coffee: Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies
Dorina sent in this fabulous recipe -- great on the side, with your fav cup of coffee!

4-1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sift the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together. Beat the butter, oil, sugar and confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl until creamy, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the dry ingredients gradually and beat until blended. Chill, covered, for 1 hour.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Coat the balls with additional sugar. Arrange the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Try one of these variations for a different twist. Add 1 teaspoon almond extract or lemon extract, add 1/2 cup crushed almonds or hazelnuts, add 1 Tablespoon finely chopped lemon zest, add 1 Tablespoon crushed peppermint candies, roll in colored sugars for holidays, or use a decorative glass to create a pattern on each cookie.

YIELDS: 4 - 5 dozen cookies

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