My Favorite Simple Sugar Cookies


So.....Treatmas 2017....yeah...

So I was all jazzed up to do another year of Treatmas on this blog and well, it all just got away from me. I made some Linzer cookies which turned out half good (in retrospect, store-bought lemon curd was a gamble. Should have done all raspberry jam) and then ran out of time for the rest of the cookies I had planned. I feel a bit like a failure. But, here's my one good one!

I've made the same sugar cookie recipe over and over again since I began baking, and I make it every year for Christmas cookies. It's my favorite recipe and for some reason, I've always been a bit reluctant to share it with anyone. But it's not mine anyway, so here it is!

Sugar Cookies - Martha Stewart Entertaining 

Makes Aprox. 40 3-inch cookies

4 1/2 cups sifted flour
4 tsp baking powder 
1 tsp salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter baking sheets (or parchment paper). Sift together dry ingredients.
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients, 1 cup at a time, alternating with milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition. Wrap and chill dough for at least 1 hour. 
Divide dough into 4 pieces. Roll 1 piece at a time on a floured board and cut with cookie cutters. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. 

Icing: 1 egg white + 1 cup powdered sugar (add more or less to make icing stiffer or runnier)

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