sugar cookie cut-outs

Our Favorite Sugar Cookies
by Sur la table

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 3/4 c all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 heavy whipping cream

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour and baking powder, stir into creamed mixture, alternating with the heavy cream. Cover dough and chill for 2-3 hours until firm.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease cookie sheets or use a Silpat liner. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1″ apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes in a preheated oven until bottoms and edges of cookies are light brown. Remove from baking sheet and coll on wire racks. Store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

**See Sierra’s post for cut-out cookies for some great do-ahead strategies and decorating ideas.

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