Cookies & Dessert Bars

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

1 cup (250 mL) white sugar
1 cup (250 mL) butter
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
2 eggs
2 ½ (625 mL) cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
½ tsp (2 mL) salt

With electric mixture, beat sugar, butter and vanilla until mixture is creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl.  Add eggs beating after each egg; beat thoroughly. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Beat the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture. Roll out cookie dough to ¼” (.6 cm) onto a lightly floured board. For best results, do not roll cookie dough too thin. Use cookie cutters of your choice for a variety of different shapes and sizes. Place cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350◦F (180◦C) for 10 minutes or until the underside of cookies turn golden brown.

These sugar cookies are just begging to be iced and decorated (see Glaze Icing recipe below).

Glaze Icing

1 ½ cups (375 mL) icing sugar

3 tbsp (45 mL) milk

1/8 tsp (.5 mL) almond extract

3 drops food colouring (optional)

Combine icing sugar with milk to reach desired spreading consistency. Stir in food colouring or leave icing white. Using a pastry brush, paint frosting over cooled cookies and decorate with coloured sugar, toasted coconut or slivered almonds, chocolate shavings or chocolate chips.

Makes approximately 4 dozen (depending on size of cookie cutters).

Nutrients per serving:
Calories 99.0
Carbohydrate 13.4 g
Protein 1.2 g
Fat 4.6 g
Sodium 66.0 mg
Fibre 0.2 g