Watch these cookies like
Vicki Gregory sent in a recipe for
"My family's been making them
since before I was born," she says.
The Hagerstown resident bakes primarily
at Christmas, and goes to her mom's in Wolfsville, Md., to bake
"It's just tradition," she
Are there any secrets to Sugar Cookie
"I watch them like a hawk while
they're in the oven," Gregory says.
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
Decorating Suggestions: Colored sugar,
baking candies, frosting, decorator gels
In large mixing bowl, cream 1 cup butter
or margarine and 1 cup sugar. Add 3 eggs and the 2 tablespoons
In separate bowl, mix 4 1/4 cups flour,
1 teaspoon baking soda, and 2 teaspoons cream of tartar.
Gradually add flour mixture to creamed
Wrap mixture in waxed paper and chill
in refrigerator overnight.
Roll to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut with floured cookie cutters. If dough is sticky, add more
flour. Set on ungreased nonstick baking sheets.
If decorating with colored sugar or
baking candies, brush cookies lightly with water then apply decorations
before baking. Bake 6 to 8 minutes at 375 degrees in preheated
When cookies finish baking, remove
from baking sheets and place on wire rack or cloth-covered table
immediately to cool. After cookies are completely cooled, frosting
or decorator gels may be applied if desired.
Store in airtight container in cool,