Who says sugar cookies have to be boring? These aren’t!
First you need a good sugar cookie recipe. I wanted something pretty plain to start with. This one fits the bill perfectly, I found it at allrecipes.com.
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1 1/2 cups white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
Now here are the two variations we made…
Snickerdoodles: Roll dough in to small balls. Roll balls in a bowl of equal parts cinnamon and white sugar. Cover completely with the mixture and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at directed above.
Sugar swirls: Roll out a piece of dough into a rope approximately 4″ long and maybe 1/2″ across. Gently press one long side of the rope in to a line of sugar sprinkles. We used red and green, of course! Then, starting in the middle, roll the rope in a to a circle. Press gently with a flat spatula to seal together. Place on greased cookie sheet, bake as directed above. So easy, yet so festive!