Q&A: sugar cookies?

Question by emmaphant6: sugar cookies?
i need an easy christmas sugar cookie recipe and a simple icing recipe

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Answer by Wedge
Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
Prep: 20 minutes
Chill: 3 hours
Bake: 10 minutes per batch

1-1/4 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. lemon extract
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
Granulated sugar, fine sanding sugar, coarse sugar, or colored decorating sugar

1. Beat shortening in a large bowl with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add the 2 cups sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract till combined. Alternately add flour and buttermilk to shortening mixture, beating until combined. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or until easy to handle.

2. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough on a floured surface until 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter. Place rounds 2-1/2 inches part on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake about 10 minutes or until set and edges just begin to brown. Transfer to wire racks and cool. Makes 32.

3. To store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months.

Royal Icing:
In a small bowl combine 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 4 teaspoons meringue powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Stir in 1/4 cup warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional warm water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until of glazing consistency. To tint, divide the glaze into small portions. Add enough paste food coloring or liquid food coloring to each portion to make desired color.

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  1. justfloating says:

    For icing recipes and helpful information, stop by http://www.cookies-in-motion.com/Cookie-Icing.html

    For an easy christmas sugar cookie recipe that you and your kids or friends will have fun baking, try http://www.cookies-in-motion.com/Holiday-Cookies.html

    Happy baking.:-)

  2. rosa k says:

    northpole.com for cookie recipes
    i use royal icing
    3 Tbsp. meringue powder Buy at craft store or cake supply)
    4 c. powered sugar
    6 Tbsp. water

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