Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies


Continuing with the baking...sugar cookies are delicious any time of year but I believe that they are the best at Christmas time.  Sitting by the fire and reading, while enjoying a cup of tea and a sugar cookie or two makes for a perfect afternoon or evening!

I hope you have time to bake for the holidays and to enjoy a few quiet moments...

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light-brown sugar
1 Tbsp finely grated lemon zest, plus 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a bowl; set aside.

Put sugars and lemon zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds.  
Add butter; mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute.  Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, the vanilla and the lemon juice.  Reduce speed; gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.

Scoop the dough with a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop. Space the cookies at least 2 inches a part on parchment-lined baking sheets. (These cookies spread when baked.)  Flatten cookies slightly with a spatula.  Sprinkle the tops with sanding sugar, then lightly brush with a wet pastry brush; sprinkle with
more sanding sugar.

Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes.  
Let cool on sheets on wire racks for 5 minutes.

Transfer cookies to racks using a spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

PRINTABLE RECIPE

8 comments:

  1. Love your pretty colored sanding sugar! Enjoy:@)

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  2. These are so colorful and festive. I love old-fashioned sugar cookies. The recipients will love these.

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  3. Lots of baking going on around the blogosphere these days.

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  4. We have the same sanding sugar! They look amazing!

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  5. Love sugar cookies at the holidays. Love also that your recipe has citrus in it, I usually put orange zest in mine. Lemon would be good too.

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  6. I love the basic Christmas sugar cookie-love it. I may need to take on round of baking myself. Thanks for inspiration.

    Velva

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  7. Yum Kate! These are the kind of cookies my mom always made. She would hide them knowing we would find them but she thought they tasted better if they were a bit forbidden! Yours look wonderful!

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