Friday, March 8, 2013

Old-Fashion Sugar Cookies

Our forecasted rain came today so we stayed inside and baked cookies. I found a wonderful Martha Stewart cookbook at the library that is full of cookie recipes and this Old-Fashion Sugar Cookie recipe is one of my favorites!

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1 3/4 c granulated sugar
1/4 c packed light brown sugar
1 T finely grated lemon zest
1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 T fresh lemon juice
Sanding sugar, or sprinking

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.

2. Put sugars and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed 30 seconds. Add butter, mix until pale and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix eggs one at a time, and then the lemon juice. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture.

3. Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing 3 inches apart. Flatten cookies and slightly sprinkle with sanding sugar. Lightly brush with a wet pastry brush and sprinkle with more sugar.

4. Bake cookies until golden, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire rack using spatula; let cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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