We know you all love this one….so we are -posting one of our favorites!
We realize there are only so many bottles of wine and poinsettias that a host or hostess can receive at your next holiday get together. So how about next time, you think outside the box, or rather, in it! They say there are no guarantees in life, but we’re pretty sure that you have all the ingredients right in your own pantry. One of our favorite gifts to give is homemade cookie dough…we’ve probably told you this already. It’s so easy to whip up a quick batch of sugar cookie (or any flavor) dough and package it up in our large no soup for you containers. Double the batch, double the amount of gifts you’ll have on the ready! Hosting a cookie swap? This makes a great addition – cookies for when the others run out.
We just wrote the simple instruction for baking on one of our square kraft labels and tied it up with a pretty bow. When your host’s sweet tooth comes calling, this will be on the ready. And, we couldn’t let you leave without giving you one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes, thanks to Martha!
Sugar Cookies from The Martha Stewart Cookbook
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. brandy
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Sift together the dry ingredients. In a n electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light; add the egg, brandy, and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix until well blended. (note* at this point, we scoop the dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet to freeze. Once they are frozen, we pack them up…if you want to do it the old fashioned way, keep reading!) Wrap and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
Preheat the oven to 400F. On a lightly floured board, roll out one third of the dough at a time. Roll to about 1/8 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters. Put the shapes on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Do not allow to brown, cool on racks.
Garnish + Enjoy