Last week on Twitter, the Pioneer Woman proclaimed it Cookie Week so recipe after recipe was floating around with all sorts of delicious sounding cookie recipes. I saved so many to try but before I get going on experimenting with new recipes I had to make one of my favorite cookies — the classic sugar cookie. I literally ate a dozen cookies myself and wondered how I will make it through Christmas baking and maintain a Weight Watchers plan. But tomorrow is another day so let me eat cookies!
Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies from Better Homes and Garden
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar (I used half sugar and half brown sugar)
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar for covering cookies (divide and mix with desired food coloring)
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1 1/2 cups sugar; beat until combined. Beat in eggs, cream of tartar, baking soda, vanilla, and salt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in the 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to wire racks and let cool. Makes 48 cookies