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Original Girl Scout Cookies

This is adapted from a recipe published by Girl Scout council leader Florence E. Neil in The American Girl in 1922. Note that the dough is very soft and sticky. If the dough grows too soft as you roll it out you may need to return it to the refrigerator to chill it further before cutting out cookies. More

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

My favorite recipe for making sugar cookies with royal icing comes from the venerable Martha Stewart. It's a classic recipe for perfect sugar cookies, the kind that are light and crisp and perfect for decorating. I recommend using brandy or cognac, which adds a butterscotch note to the cookies. More

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Sugar Cookies

Does this cookie taste anything like the one offered at my high school? I have no idea. For a taste comparison, you'd have to ask someone who actually ate those cookies. But these cookies taste exactly as I imagined those cookies would taste: buttery and sweet with just a hint of vanilla. They might not be as easy to make as plucking frozen dough from a box, but they are darn close. More

5 Tricks to Baking Perfect Sugar Cookies

1. Measure Carefully Any sugar cookie recipe is a delicate proportional balance of fat, sugar and flour, so be sure to measure your ingredients carefully in order to get the desired finished texture (crisp, chewy, delicate, melting, etc). 2. Mind Your Butter! A key step in making sugar cookies is the creaming of butter and sugar. If the butter is too soft, your cookies will be greasy, and if it is too cold, they'll seem like lead weights. It is important to start with evenly softened butter, and the only way to do this properly is to take it out of the refrigerator and, uh, wait. Always soften butter in a temperate environment until it yields gently to pressure;... More

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