Saturday, February 12, 2011

Soft Sugar Cookies

I always struggle with cookies...too hard, too flat, etc.  These are perfect.  They taste like those big pink frosted cookies you can buy from the vending machines.  You know the ones.  Yummy. 

1 1/4 cups butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2 Tbs milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups all purpose flour
powdered sugar frosting (I bought mine, just so much easier)

Beat butter with electric mixer until smooth.  Add sugar, baking powder and salt.  Beat until combined.  Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla until combined.  Beat in as much flour as you can with a mixer.  Stir in any remaining flour.  Divide dough in half, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick.  Cut dough into shapes.  Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for 7-8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned.  Place on wire rack and let cool.  Frost. 

A few tips:  use room temperature butter, not melted or hard butter.  Frosting can be easily made, but store bought is sometimes so much easier.  Do not over cook, or they will be too hard. 

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