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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The BEST Sugar Cookie Ever…

I do not pride myself on being a baker at ALL!  In fact, it’s just not something I really enjoy.  Cooking…yes, I enjoy it.  But baking…just not my thing.  However, I think I’ve found my “go to” recipe now for cookies.  When we were in VA for Thanksgiving, we dropped by to visit with the Price Family (Dave Price is Brian’s best friend, and his folks live down the road from Brian’s folks).  So, it’s always a nice treat to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Price, Tom, Cindy, Dave, Wendy, the kids, and all the other friends who drop by for a visit.  Well, Mrs. Price had made these sugar cookies, and she gave us the recipe.  It was actually a recipe she got out of the paper for prize-winning cookies.  Brian being Brian…he lost it.  But luckily, Tom was there to save the day…I sent him a FB (Facebook for those that don’t know that lingo) message asking for the recipe.  He obliged, and today was the day I got to baking these lovely treats.  Here’s the recipe, and a few pictures just to tempt you into baking them yourselves!
Mrs. Price’s Sugar Cookies 2 eggs
2 sticks butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp almond extract (I use 2, and yes, that IS tablespoons)
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup powdered sugar (plus more for rolling cookies in later)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 1/2 cups flour
Mix wet ingredients together, and then mix in dry ingredients (in increments to avoid overloading the mixer and blowing flour everywhere).  Chill for about an hour.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Form the dough into balls (I used the smallest scoop from The Pampered Chef) and roll into powdered sugar.  Press with a glass and bake for 12 minutes (I had to bake for 16 minutes because I bake on Pampered Chef Stoneware).  This will yield about 6 dozen or MORE cookies. 
Now, we didn’t decorate ours, but you can.  I think they’re yummy just as they are.  The almond extract is the key, and it’s almost like a shortbread.  Let me know if  you give it a whirl…your family is sure to love them!
Tomorrow we’ll make some Peanut Butter Blossoms, and that’s about all the baking I’ll do.  Now, that one I can’t take any credit for.  I just use the roll of Peanut Butter cookie dough and follow the directions on it.  LOL!  They’re still yummy!
What are YOU baking this Christmas?


SuzyQ said...

Looks yummy! I will definitely have to try them out. For some reason, I can't leave comments on my post. I would love to get together for a playdate. How about the later part of next week?

Lin said...

I don't bake much either. I'm lucky that my husband and the kids do all the baking for Christmas. :) I'll pass on the recipe to them--they sure look yummy!

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