Sugar Cookies Made 3 Ways

This simple recipe for sugar cookies can be tweaked with a variety of flavor 'add ins', making it the perfect recipe to bag and keep in the pantry for easy use all year long!





INGREDIENTS

2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
{all of the above ingredients can be bagged as a dry mix and stored in the pantry for easy use in the future}
2 sticks butter, softened
1 egg
*other optional add-in ideas listed below recipe


DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare a cookie sheet with nonstick baking spray. 
  2. Place the egg and butter into a mixer and beat until creamy.  Add of the dry ingredients and slowly blend until a thick dough is formed.  If adding extra items suggested below, they can be stirred in at this time. 
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon portions of the dough, form balls and place them 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. 
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes until the bottoms begin to barely turn a light brown.  These cookies will remain light colored on top and soft to the touch. 
  5. When done, let cookies rest on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then remove them to a cooling rack to cool the rest of the way.  When completely cooled, store in an air tight container until ready to serve.  
Will make about 3 dozen cookies. 


Use this cookie dough as the base to create other flavor variations.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing....

Orange extract with chopped macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips


Chopped crystallized ginger with dried cranberries

Peppermint extract with crushed peppermint candy
To crush the peppermint candy, put a towel over the bag and bang it with a heavy spoon or kitchen mallet.  Then sprinkle into the dough.





If you do this option...try this too ~ make CANDY CANE COOKIES!

It's really very easy!  After adding the peppermint extract and crushed candy to a sugar cookie dough recipe, divide the dough in half, leaving one portion in the mixing bowl.  To that portion add some red food coloring.  Now make equal numbers of 1 Tablespoon sized cookie balls and roll them into thin ropes.
Twist the 2 ropes together and shape like a cane.  Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake as directed on your cookie recipe.

So easy and GREAT for getting the kids involved!


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