Cut from a Different Dough: 8 Fun Twists on the Classic Sugar Cookie

Photo by: Jaime
Stained Glass Cookies
Ingredients:
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1 teaspoon ... more 
Photo by: Jaime
Stained Glass Cookies
Ingredients:
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 3 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, several Jolly Rancher candies, cut into 1/4″ pieces
Directions:
1. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in egg and beat until well incorporated. Add vanilla and almond extract. Beat until smooth. With mixer on low, add in salt, flour, and baking powder, and mix until dough is uniform. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 25 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut a shape in the center of the cookie. Bake for 4 minutes. Remove from oven, and fill cutout shapes with candy pieces. Bake for 4 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on the cooki less 
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Fri, Dec 21, 2012 5:16 PM EST
Sugar cookies are a Christmas cookie classic. In fact, they are such a classic that some people have started to find them boring. Crazy, right? Since we adore this reliable treat, we are taking it upon ourselves to rejuvenate the sugar cookie's reputation. Sugar cookies are the food equivalent to a blank canvas -- you can do so much with them and they definitely deserve a spot on your dessert tray! Here are 8 unique takes on traditional sugar cookie recipe. - By Elizabeth Stark and Brian Campbell



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