Slice & Bake Sugar Cookies
Source of Recipe
Domino Sugar Recipe
These are a great simple, crisp-yet-chewy sugar cookie. You make the dough when you have time (and it goes together quick and easy), then slice and bake the cookies when you have time. These would be great to decorate for the holidays, and are also lovely with just a sprinkle of regular sugar on top.
List of Ingredients
2 sticks of butter (one cup), SOFTENED
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla (you can also add another extract if you like - lemon or almond are nice, but use less of them as they are more potent than vanilla ... maybe half a teaspoon for this recipe)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Additional sugar for sprinkling
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and additional extract if using.
In another bowl, use a whisk to combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Turn the mixer on low and incorporate the flour into the butter mixture just until combined.
On a sheet of plastic wrap, shape the dough in to a log (remember that the size of the log is the size of the cookies when you slice them). Refrigerate the dough log for at least two hours before baking, or up to a week.
When you're ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the fridge and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place the slices on the baking sheet at least an inch apart. Sprinkle with regular or colored sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges.
Note: The thinner you slice the dough, the crisper the cookies will be. Thinner cookies will also require less baking time.
Remove the cookies immediately and place on cooling racks to cool completely.