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Buttery cut-out sugar cookies are always a favorite with children and adults. You make the shape and size of a sugar cookie to fit any occasion,
and you can also dress them for a tea with simply granulated or colored sugars.
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Ellen Easton's Sugar Cookies
Yields: 24 to 36 cookies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
1/4 cup granulated
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of nutmeg and/or pinch of cinnamon (optional)
Colored sanding sugar for decoration
In a large bowl, blend together the sugar and butter until well combined. Add beaten eggs and vanilla extract, stirring to combine.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and blend together well. If desired, add nutmeg or cinnamon.
Place the dough in the refrigerate and chill at least 1 or overnight until pliable.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
On a lightly-floured board, roll dough 1/8-inch thick with your rolling pin; cut into desired shapes with your favorite mini or small cookie cutters.
Sprinkle the cookies with additional sugar and place 1-inch apart onto prepared ungreased cookie sheets. Always leave room between cookies on the cookie sheets.
Bake approximately 6 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on wire cooling rack. When cookies have cooled, decorated with colored sanding sugar.
Variations: Additions to this recipe may include flavored extracts or liquors, chocolate
chips, butterscotch chips, coconut flakes, savories, fruits, herbs, savories, and/or spices to taste.
Yields 24 to 36 cookies (depending on the size of the cookie cutters).
To make edible ornaments or napkin rings:;
Using a dowel or a straw, place a hole in the dough, before baking.
Once the cookies have cooled, run a ribbon of your desired length through the hole and tie off in either a knot or a bow.
Use the ribbon portion to place the cookie ornament on the tree, centerpiece or mantle.
If using as a napkin ring, place the napkin inside the ribbon and place on the table.
Ellen Easton is a lifestyle industry leader, tea and etiquette authority, author of Afternoon Tea~ Tips, Terms and Traditions,
A Tea Party Planner and Tea Travels™ For The Holidays (RED WAGON PRESS), as well as a hospitality, design and retail consultant, whose clients have included The Waldorf=Astoria,
The Plaza, and Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon.
Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon,
thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.
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