rolled sugar cookies + a pop of color

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ever get sugar cookies from somewhere that have that yummy chewy center that makes you want to eat a whole pan of them? I have. And you end up eating way more than you probably should. But that’s ok I’m not here to judge.

What I like best about these cookies are they are easy, cook fast and that sugar on the outside can be any color your little mind can dream up. I was doing a trial run for Valentines Day, so red sugar it was. Have you ever colored sugar before? I think it’s an excellent way to bring a pop of color to any simple dessert.

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To make colored sugar, put your sugar in a bowl, I prefer glass for this, and add drops of food coloring. I start with five drops then work with a spoon to squish that coloring around without it clumping. Continue adding and mixing until you achieve your desired color.

If you’re not using the sugar at the moment, it will need to be baked before stored so it doesn’t clump. To bake, spread colored sugar into thin layer on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

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rolled sugar cookies:

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
sugar, regular or color for rolling
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with silpat or parchment paper.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream granulated sugar and softened butter until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well.

Slowly add dry mixture to sugar mixture until all thoroughly mixed.

Scoop out small ball of dough, form into ball and roll in sugar. Repeat to fill cookie sheet. My cookie sheet holds about 10-12 at a time.

Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350. Cool for a couple minutes before taking off the cookie sheet. This allows the cookies to set up. Finishing cooling on a cookie rack.

Enjoy!

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