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Sugar Cookies

Recipe by: Chef John V., A Good Cooking Recipe!
Serving size: about 4 dozen
Preparation time: about 1 hour 30 minutes

Amount/Measure/Ingredient:

3 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter--softened (2 Sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

Optional: Icing, colored sugar, or other cookie decorations.

Preparation:

Sift together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy; gradually blend in the flour mixture. Divide the dough in half; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for one hour n the refrigerator. On a floured surface, roll half the dough to 3/16 inch thickness. With a floured cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Roll out remaining dough, re-rolling scraps as necessary. Place the cookies on un-greased baking sheets.

Bake at 375 degrees F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden. Remove to wire rack to cool. Decorate with icing and other items as desired.

Serving Ideas : Serve with milk, tea, coffee or your favorite beverage.