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Sugar-Cookie Handprints

  • yield: Makes 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for hands
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sanding or granulated sugar, for decorating
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Into a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Combine butter and granulated sugar in a mixing bowl; beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined.

  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough into 6 balls. Press balls on a floured work surface until about 4 or 5 inches in diameter, leaving edges raw to resemble rough cement. Transfer to a baking sheet. With lightly floured hands, let birthday girl gently and evenly press each hand into a piece of dough to make hand print indentations. Sprinkle indentations with sanding sugar. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Bake until edges of cookies are just turning golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Winter/Spring