Yummy Fun with Sugar Cookie

by Melanie

Not sure how it started but on the last day of school we bake sugar cookies. It is a nice distraction from the sadness of the last day of school. Since sugar cookie batter is easy to make, children can do most of the steps. The only thing I don’t let them do is remove the cookie pans from the oven. They measure and mix ingredients, select the cookie cutters make the shapes and decorate. We usually wind up with a funny mix of gingerbread men, bats, pumpkins, flowers, Christmas shapes, circles and even some freehand shapes.

The ingredients in a sugar cookie are so basic you most likely won’t have to go shopping. Mix the dough the day before baking.

Ingredients for Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter (2 quarters)
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup flour

Cream butter with mixer at medium speed. Continue mixing and add sugar a little at a time. Next beat in egg, vanilla extract and salt until well mixed.

Using a spoon mix in flour a little at a time. If children are doing the mixing in about 1/2 cup at a time. Make sure dough is evenly mixed. Separate the dough into two or three balls, flatten and wrap indivudually. Use plastic wrap for best results. Refrigerate dough overnight.

Baking Sugar Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray.

Sprinkle a large sheet of wax paper with flour. Put one flattened ball of sugar cookie dough on wax paper and sprinkle a little flour on top of ball. Cover with second sheet of wax paper and using rollong pin roll out dough. You want a thickness of about 1/4″ so guide the children a bit. A little thicker or thinner will affect baking time.

Once you have proper thickness cut out desired shapes. Place cut cookie shapes on prepared cookie sheet. If desired, use smaller cookie cutters to make holes in center of large shapes. You can either leave these holes empty or put a piece of hard candy in center. The hard candy will melt during baking and leave a glassy, candy center. I use 2 fruit flavored Life Savers.

Bake for about 8-11 minutes depending on thickness of cookies. If you’ve never made sugar cookies before use the first sheet of cookies as a test batch. They are done when the edges begin to turn light brown.

Let cookies cool about 5 minutes or so and then cool on wire cooling rack. If you’ve used hcandy center store cookies on plates and separate layers with wax paper.

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