Buttery, Soft Sugar Cookies

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Buttery, Soft Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cream (substitute buttermilk, milk, sour cream, if desired)
Sprinkles!

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together margarine, sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract until well combined and creamy - about 1-2 minutes. Beat in egg yolks and cream until combined - about 1-2 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined - about 1-2 minutes.

Chill dough in the freezer or refrigerator until cold, about 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Using wet palms, roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on cookie sheets and flatten slightly. Decorate with sprinkles. Bake 10-12 minutes or until puffy, set, and light golden around edges. Cool 1 minute before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies

29 comments:

  1. Mmm, classic cookies.

    And yes, I too can't believe that Christmas is in a few days - eek!

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  2. Yes Christmas is in just a few days. Yikes. ENJOY!!!!!!!!

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  3. I've been wanting to make cookies like this! :) I got the "white trash mix" and "GOB icing" on the cooks website. haha!

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  4. I just spent my weekend making sugar cookies, cookie cutters and all. Yours sound awesome and so much easier!

    PS. Powdered sugar is great for rolling out cookie dough. Doesn't make the cookies tough AND it tastes good. :)

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  5. Sprinkles make me happy. And the cooks.com game is definitely something I have to try. My sister and I had our bi-yearly reunion last weekend and so far we've watched about ten videos of oprah's favorite things just for the crazy faces. That's what sisters are for :)

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  6. Oh my gosh those look so delicious(: I love a good sugar cookie. And the cooks.com game sounds pretty fun.

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  7. love it.
    TOTALLY MADE MY MONDAY.
    i can't wait to play the cooks.com
    game.
    ha ha ha
    love your humor and can't wai tto try this recipe!

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  8. Hahaha... I love the game you and Hannah came up with. I'm going to have to check out Cooks.com. It's also a riot to read the types of searches that lead people to your blog. I've received some rather strange ones ;).

    I'm with you on sugar cookies in general, but THESE look fantastic! Great recipe.

    Happy Holidays, Emily :).

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  9. Mmmm... I made some sugar cookies, too. I do believe they are the quintessential holiday cookie of choice. Sorry about your oven. Boo. You can make up for it NOW! Liiike, right NOW! Why are you reading this? Go bake! I hope there's something in the oven right now, whilst you're reading this. If not, hop to it, missy ;)

    And for the record, your cooks.com game is very amusing. I shall try it at 2 am & lmao.

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  10. This whole post had me laughing, Nice cookies (Love the purple backround)

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  11. Your sugar cookies are beautiful! I had to laugh because I'm having oven problems, too - I just made a batch of chocolate chip cookies using a toaster oven. :-) Merry Christmas to you!

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  12. Oh my gosh those cooks.com searches are too funny!! These cookies look great!

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  13. That is the funniest game ever!! I will now be playing constantly with my mom. I'm hooked! I just checked and one recent search was "Mennonite". Haha pretty hilarious.

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  14. These are my favorite type of christmas cookie! Yum! Happy holidays!

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  15. I'm right there with you - I've had one too many dry sugar cookies in my lifetime. These look incredible.

    I'm off to prep my lazania for tomorrow night's dinner. Maybe I'll serve garlick roles on the side?

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  16. Yummy! For me classic cookies is one of the best! Soft, delicious and very comforting for me. Love the way you pair it with the purple background, looks stunning!

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  17. Sugar cookies rule. I am making my favourites tomorrow for my students.

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  18. I just made these and I'm in love. They're so nice and soft and the almond extract addition makes them extra special. Thanks for the awesome recipe - it's definitely a keeper :)

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  19. You're hilarious, Emily!! Thanks for introducing the Cooks game. I just went to play it and discovered 'meatballs grape jelly' and 'celery tarts'!! hahahaha

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  20. I'm so happy you have your oven back. I can't imagine what your family would do for Christmas if you weren't baking for them. That would be just tragic!

    I'm trying to get my game plan together for my Christmas Eve dinner and feeling really overwhelmed. Yes, I'm actually making another one of my bound books with two days worth of work outlined.

    I must play that game. I should follow some of those searches. You know I'm making lazania for dinner tonight?

    Great cookies. Don't you love being challenged by people to create things? I know I do.

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  21. hahah I just played the cooks.com game. .The winner: Mr. Noodles!

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  22. lol, that's a fun game. and these look awesome! i almost didn't roll mine out, and i think i should've made them like yours :) or i just have to make more... hehe

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  23. LOL - Lazania? That sounds like an Eastern European country.

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  24. love me some shooger cookees!!!! ha! and i like the cooks.com game too!
    bake on, em!

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  25. im pretty sure you'll find lazania in tanzania.. hahaha i think it's a fun game! you crack me up, emily :D

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  26. i'd get a chuckle or two out of that game. some people never fail to make me shake my head in disbelief. :)

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  27. Haha that is pretty funny--thanks for sharing your game. I may have to try it some night when I need a good laugh! :-)

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  28. These are too funny! I like the search for "Chicken Bisquit" on the first one...

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