So it is that time of year when many of us spend hours in the kitchen baking our lives away. Like many years in the past I will be doing the same thing. I plan on doing more baking this season than in the past because I have many co-workers who I want to give some baked goods too. So I am starting early well I guess I really wanted to start last weekend but that didn’t happen. At least I am not waiting until the last minute right?
So I have started the baking season with these sugar cookies. Sugar cookies are simple and just about everyone loves them. They also only use a few ingredients and can be made in a hurry. They are also really easy to decorate. You can go fancy and use royal icing to make the decorative or just use some dusting sugar like I have here. I hope all of you are having a good holiday season so far. Let the baking begin! Enjoy!
2 sticks of butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups of flour
cooking spray or parchment paper to coat the baking sheets
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment add in the butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Mix on medium until pale yellow and fluffy. Add in one egg at a time, fully incorporating an egg before adding in the next one. Add in lemon juice and salt. Slowly add in flour. Mix until fully incorporated.
Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray or parchment paper. Spoon out sugar cookie dough using a small ice cream scoop for small cookies or a larger ice cream scoop for larger cookies. Press down on cookies to flatten a little. Decorate with decorating sugars or leave plain. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Turn the sheets halfway through to ensure even baking. Let cool for 3-5 minutes and then place the cookies on a cooling rack.
Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating with icing. You can also make these in advance (as well as many other types of cookies) and freeze them (once fully cooled) for up to a month or more. Enjoy!
Makes about 5 dozen small cookies.