Welcome to Mama's Italian Recipes Blog

So who is Mama? Mama is a full blooded Italian woman raised in Brooklyn New York surrounded with good food and Italian culture. I want to share the recipes of the old world with the new world. Known for her exceptional dishes she loves nothing more than to prepare and serve these recipes to her friends and family.

Now, we share them with you.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder in intervals.
Dough may seem too dry but continue to mix with mixer until well mixed. The dough becomes perfect once chilled.
Divide the dough into four equal parts, shape into four disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper.
Roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper, about 1/4 inch thick for crispier cookies and 1/3 inch thick for softer cookies.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges just start to turn a golden color.

**For soft cookies, do not allow the cookies to turn golden brown.
Remove from oven, let cool for one minute and then transfer to wire rack.
Be sure cookie sheet to cool thoroughly before placing uncooked dough on it.

Decorate cookies with Icing or Buttercream Frosting and sprinkles. We sometimes eat these with no frosting they are so good!

Makes 2 dozen cookies Varies depending on thickness of dough and size of cookie cutters.

ENJOY & Merry Christmas! These are amazing sugar cookies!