As I've mentioned in a couple of posts over the last few weeks, I've been planning a big Christmas Cookie Blitz - and the weekend has finally arrived! Today was the perfect day to stay inside and bake, what with a foot of snow on the ground and flakes still falling with no sign of stopping and all. In addition to 2 large batches of toffee, we also made over 200 sugar cookies (I tripled a recipe that said it would make 5 dozen and lost count somewhere after the 200th cookie - so needless to say, each batch makes more than 5 dozen!).
Here's what our dining room table looked like near the end of baking:
The recipe I used is great for cut-out cookies and holds up well to re-rolling the scraps. If you're in the mood to make these, be sure to plan ahead. The longer the dough chills, the easier it is to roll out without it sticking.
Classic Sugar Cookies
(Makes about 6-7 dozen)
1 1/2 c. salted butter, softened
2 c. white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 c. flour
2 tsp. baking POWDER
1/2 tsp. salt
colored sugar, if desired
Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Beat until fully combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture and stir until thoroughly mixed. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours.
When ready to make cookies, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Flour your rolling surface and rolling pin lightly with flour. Take a large hunk of dough and roll it out until it's about 1/4" thick.
Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters. (At this point, you can sprinkle cookies with colored sugar if you want. We did some with colored sugar and some plain. We'll be icing those plain ones tomorrow.)
Place cookie cut-outs on parchment-lined cookie sheets and bake 5-6 minutes.
Note: If you're planning to make more than 1 batch, I recommend making each batch of dough separately. I tried to make a double batch and discovered just how hard it is to stir 10 cups of flour into 3 cups of butter - yikes!