Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easy Sugar Cookies

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We don't color many Easter eggs around my house.  I don't have anything against this tradition, we just don't do it for a couple reasons.
1.  My kids would rather eat dry, plastic Easter grass than a boiled egg--no question.
2.  There's only so many boiled eggs I can eat. 
3.  My little man isn't keen on "messy things".
    (Yea, G!  Mommy's so proud to pass on her favorite neurosis.)

So, instead of decorated eggs, we'll be enjoying colored sugar cookies.  Seems like a reasonable and fun alternative to me!     

This is a recipe that I copied down from my lovely grandmother.  Her cookies puff up in the oven, and stay puffed as they cool.  Mine don't stay puffed.  I've learned to love and appreciate the deflating.  Although, each time I peek in the oven and see the cookies all puffed and lovely, I get my hopes up.  Yet, they de-puff.  It's all good--they turn out a little crisp and a little chewy--me likes.  I think I know Grandma's puffy secret though, but I just can't bring myself to go there...with magarine...eek.  You know how I feel about unholy butter imposters.

Anyway...I roll the little dough balls in colored sugar-depending on the holiday.  Green and red for Christmas, red and pink for Valentine's day, you get the idea.  Kids go crazy for them--I think it's the colored sugar that they like so much.  :)

Happy Easter, everyone!

Easy Sugar Cookies
makes about 3 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pure lemon extract (optional)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy, add egg yolks and mix well.  Add vanilla and lemon extracts.  Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until mixture becomes a soft dough.  Chill in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 350.  Roll dough into 1" or 1 1/2" balls and roll in colored sugar.  Place on ungreased baking sheet about 2" apart and bake for about 12 minutes.  (The cookies will puff and then fall as they cool.)

This post is linked to: This Week's Cravings
What's Cooking Wednesday
Made It On Monday
Mouthwatering Mondays
Sweets for a Saturday
Dee Dee's Delights-Easter Sunday Buffet


Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Thanks for linking up to Made it on Monday!

And I love the idea of cookies vs coloring eggs.

4littlefergusons said...

These are awesome! And guess who has hot pink, orange and purple colored sugar in her pantry AS WE SPEAK! Hurray! :)

Jessica said...

I love it! It's so cute and I'm your newest follower

Rachel said...

love these! That's how we make our sugar cookies, too!

Great colors! Thanks for linking up!

Brandy K said...

Thanks all! :))

angelfitch said...

These look so yummy! And I agree completely on the margarine stuff! (shudder)

Trisha said...

These look like so much fun!!!

carolinaheartstrings said...

What great cookies for Easter. Nice pictures.

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