Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies

This recipe is from a super cute little cookbook, Mary Engelbreit’s Cookies Cookbook.  It’s the first recipe in the book and it’s really fun to make with your kids, especially my “sugar polka-dots” variation. 


1/2 cup margarine, at room temp
1/2 cup butter, at room temp
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup coarse white or colored sugar

In a large bowl, beat the butter, margarine, and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg, vanilla, baking powder, and salt.  Beat in the flour at low speed.

Roll pieces of dough into 1 inch balls.  Roll to coat well in the coarse sugar, then place about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheets. Use the bottom of a glass to flatten each cookie into a 2 inch round.

Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

Now, you know I can’t just leave things alone. So before baking, press M & M’s or Reese’s Pieces into the top of each cookie, otherwise following the directions.  And if your autistic and like to see how many little rows of M & M’s into the top of each cookie because your favorite number is 20, that’s okay too. Have a little fun!

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