Monday, April 4, 2011

Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe

The other weekend I made the best sugar cookie recipe, I just had to share it with you! The cookies are soft on the inside and just a tiny crisp on the outside.  Oh so yummy!

8 oz (1 cup) softened butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
frosting, colored sugar or sprinkles

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or spraying with vegetable shortening.
Mix butter until creamy.  Add sugar and confectioners sugar and continue beating until nice and fluffy.
Scrape bowl.
Add eggs one at a time and beat after each addition.  Mix in vanilla.
On low-medium speed, mix in canola oil.  Scrape bowl again.  Add baking soda, cream of tarter and salt and blend well.
With mixer on low speed, add flour 1 cup at a time.  Beat well, and scrape sides of bowl making sure to get down to the very bottom.
Chill dough for 30 minutes before scooping and baking.

At this point you can either roll the cookie dough in colored sugar or you can bake them without the sugar and ice them after baked.

Bake at 325 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the outside of the cookie feel slightly firm to the touch and lightly browned.  After cookies are cooled, ice them (unless you rolled around in sugar....I mean the cookies) with homemade frosting.

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