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Sugar Cookies with Mix-Ins

These cookies are also delicious without mix-ins: After chilling and slicing the cookies, brush the tops with a lightly beaten egg white, and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

  • Yield: Makes about 6 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2005

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Mix-in Options (choose 1)

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped candied ginger, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well. Mix in vanilla.

  2. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, mixing after each addition. Add mix-ins, and beat on low speed until incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Divide dough in half; roll each into a 1 1/2- to 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap in plastic. Place in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. (Dough can be stored in freezer up to 3 months; let soften at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.) Cut logs into 1/4-inch-thick rounds, transferring rounds to baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until edges begin to turn golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

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