Hello Fellow Hearters! OMG, the cheery stash you will find in this article. :)

You should know that I have a recipe for you, but I am also plating up some
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS, HINTS, AND SECRETS

Yeah, it was your lucky day when you clicked on this article, says the woman who enjoys a bit of humor. (Many kinds of humor, but that is another story.)

I am in the holiday baking mood. About 2 weeks ago I made a batch of these wonderful sugar cookies with a friend. She was making them to put in a care package for her sick relative. However, we did manage to gobble up a few of them before they went into that package. Of course!!

Bad News ~ delivered first to get it over with, right?
We didn't take photos! Like, I wasn't thinking at all, but the truth is that sometimes I purposely put my phone away to have a short period of disconnect. So, no phone, says I, wiping my eyes.

Good News
I did manage to walk out of her house with the recipe. Score!! Now I can make it again for my family and friends.

These have got to be the easiest rolled-out cookies I have made. Delicious doesn't do them justice. So I really wanted to share.

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Remember the bad news? So, I am giving you someone else's yummy cookie image. Get the milk.

Serving up........

Sugar Cookies
Roll out and Use Cookie Cutters

YIELD: 2 dozen [will vary, on size of cutter]
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3⁄4 cups flour

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Mix flour and baking powder.
Add 1 cup at a time, combining after each addition.
You will need to add last 3/4 cup by hand.

Do not chill dough. You do not want to make it too stiff.

Divide dough into 2 balls.
On floured surface roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
Use any cookie cutter and cut away.
Bake for 6-10 minutes or until light brown.
Enjoy!

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET
This little gem of a recipe was not from my friend's treasure box. Instead she found it from "crawfish pie"
on https://www.geniuskitchen.com

Hints

1. I want to add ahead of time that the recipe calls for rolling the dough out to a 1/8 inch thickness. We probably rolled it a bit thicker than this. My friend thought that by making them a bit plumper, we would have a easier time in decorating the cookies. She was right.

2. Sometimes my sugar cookies have turned out dry and a bit tough. This can happen if you over-mix when you add the flour. When you no longer see the whiteness of the flour, you have mixed enough.

3. Roll the dough out on waxed paper or parchment paper. I use to roll my dough out on floured wooden board. No longer! I apply a small amount of flour to my paper, then put rounded dough ball on top. I begin by slightly flattening the dough ball with the palm of my hand. I apply a bit of flour to my hand first. Then I finish rolling out with my rolling pin.

And now some shameless promotion of myself. One little ole collection amongst many!
Presenting Cookie Cravings

Grab a plateful and make it to the very end of the article. Gifts and love being passed on!!

In this holiday package you will find for some extra special baking inspiration.......I added some delish cookies that our fellow hearters have served up! No assembly required.

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Gift of Passing Forward
There are so many great WHI collections about Cookies. Yes, I love getting my images admired but I also think that this WHI community is about showing appreciation and admiration for other collectors. So I am "passing forward the love" this holiday season. Here are 4 great collections that deserve accolades and praise. Take a peek! I think that you will really enjoy these collections.

Cookies, JUST cookies. Over 1,500 of them by Elizabeth. Yummy!
blissful harmony is never to be missed!
Now, only good news here! phantomdiva has a food collection that has over 40,000 images. Yeah, over 40,000, that's right! Jingle, jingle all the way because plenty of them are cookies.
You will be hungry after you see this collection! It will inspire you to get out the sugar and flour!

Happy baking to you!

Till next time
colorgala