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Hugs and Kisses Sugar Cookies

Simple sugar cookies become tokens of affection when cut into X's and O's for your valentine. This recipe appears on the Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App. Also try: Chocolate Hugs and Kisses Cookies

  • Yield: Makes 3 1/2 dozen
Hugs and Kisses Sugar Cookies

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2011

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for parchment
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together into a bowl. With an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Let dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Generously flour a large sheet of parchment. Roll out dough on parchment to a scant 1/4-inch thickness, running an offset spatula under dough and dusting with flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Transfer dough on parchment to freezer, and chill 15 minutes.

  3. Using a 2- to 3-inch X- or O-shaped cookie cutter, quickly cut out shapes from dough. (If dough begins to soften, return to freezer for 3 to 5 minutes.) Reroll scraps once and cut out more shapes.

  4. Transfer shapes to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Freeze 15 minutes. Sprinkle shapes with sanding sugar. Bake until edges are just golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.

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