Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 6 mins
Our Christmas tradition is to get together with family and friends several weekends in a row and bake, bake, bake. Cutout sugar cookies are a must, and my best friend, Alice came up with this fantastic recipe. One secret to great taste is to roll the cookies out on powdered sugar instead of flour. The taste is fantastic!
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup softened butter (NO MARGARINE!!)
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- powdered sugar, for rolling
- Sift together flour and baking powder in separate bowl.
- In second bowl, beat together sugar and egg until it becomes lemon-colored.
- Add butter, orange juice and vanilla.
- Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
- Slowly begin adding flour mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) and blend; continue until all flour is used.
- Form into 2 flattened rectangles, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.
- When ready to roll, set oven to 400 deg F.
- Cover baking sheets with parchment paper (can be reused from batch to batch).
- Sprinkle powdered sugar onto rolling surface as you would flour.
- Roll out one rectangle into desired thickness and cut out; place on baking sheet, making sure not to let cookies touch.
- Re-form scraps and roll again (may have to add more powdered sugar for rolling); continue until all dough is used.
- Once baking sheet is full, place into oven and set timer for 6 minutes.
- Depending on cookie thickness, baking time can range from 6-10 minutes, so check at the 6-minute mark to determine whether you need to bake longer.
- When light golden in color, remove cookies from baking sheet and place on cooling racks or flat surface covered with parchment.
- Cool to room temperature and frost with favorite frosting.
- If decorating, I recommend the following frosting (also appears in recipezaar under "Cutout Cookie Decorator Icing":.
- 1 cup confectioners sugar.
- 2 tsp milk.
- 2 tsp light corn syrup.
- 1/4 tsp vanilla.
- food coloring.
Very tasty recipe and dough is quick to come together and easy to work with. I think this is my new favorite for cutouts! :)
This is a wonderful recipe. Easy and delisious. I dipped mine in sprinkles just before putting on the parchment paper and they turned out perfectly. What fun. Thanks for sharing. dede
Great recipe Suze. We really enjoyed these tasty cookies. I ran out of parchment paper but made the cookies anyway. They were a little dark, but tasted excellent. They were quick and very easy to make. I added them to this years Christmas Tins and trays, thanks for sharing a recipe that I will make again next year.