Sugar Cookie Dough

We’re recovering from a major winter ice storm here in Dallas and the kids and I are getting cabin fever.  I’m beginning to believe that hell can freeze over :).  It’s gotten so bad even our dog is refusing to go outside. But, it looks like today we’re finally going to see temperatures get above freezing long enough to melt the layers of ice on the roads. Yippee!  It’s been quite the adventure but I will be happy to see the sun!  The kiddos and I made these fun Mickey & Minnie sugar cookies to help pass the time this morning.  You can click here for the Minnie recipe.

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 What you’ll need: 

2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
11 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, and then set the mixture aside.

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In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and well combined.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.

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Stir in the flour a third at a time. After the last addition, knead the dough
briefly if needed to incorporate all of the flour. The finished dough should be
smooth and stiff.

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 Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Set the dough on a flour-dusted sheet of waxed paper and roll it out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies and bake them on a baking sheet until the edges just start to turn a light golden brown (about 6 to 9 minutes, depending on the size).  Let the cookies cool briefly on the baking sheet and then transfer them to a
wire rack to finish cooling.

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