Classic Sugar Cookies
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No party is complete without holiday sugar cookies. Use different cookie cutter shapes and colored sugars to create a variety of designs.
all-purpose flour3 cup(s)
baking powder2 tsp
baking soda1 tsp
ground nutmeg½ tsp
salted butter¼ cup(s)
Neufchâtel cheese¼ cup(s)
sugar1 cup(s), granulated
vanilla extract1 tsp
fat free skim milk½ cup(s)
all-purpose flour1 tsp, for rolling out dough
sugar⅓ cup(s), colored (for decorating)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and nutmeg; set aside.
- Place butter and cheese in a large bowl; cream using an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until batter is pale yellow; beat in vanilla extract and egg.
- Add about 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of milk to cheese mixture; mix batter on low speed until just combined. Repeat 2 more times with remaining flour mixture and milk, until thoroughly combined.
- Shape dough into a ball and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Using your palms, press down on plastic wrap to flatten dough into a hamburger shape; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
- Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour on a flat work surface. Pull off about 1/3 of dough and, using a rolling pin, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter, cut cookies out of dough and place on ungreased baking sheets. Roll up dough scraps and add back to dough ball. Pull off another 1/3 of dough and repeat process until all dough is used — recipe will make approximately 45 cookies.
- Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar and bake until edges just start to turn golden, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.