Watch more Christmas Recipes videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/176-Christmas-Recipes Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to make sugar cookies with this easy recipe. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Whisk flour and salt In a small bowl, whisk 2 1/2 cups of flour and salt together and set it aside. Step 2: Mix butter and sugar separately In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar with a fork until the mixture is light in color and fluffy. Tip Step 2 is also called "creaming." To make this easier, bring your butter to room temperature before attempting to cream. Step 3: Add egg and vanilla Once the butter and sugar mixture is light and smooth, add the egg and vanilla and mix well to combine. Step 4: Add dry ingredients Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture being sure to combine fully, but do not over-mix. Step 5: Refrigerate dough When just mixed, split the dough into two and form two 5-6" disks, wrap in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator to cool before cutting. Tip Give the dough at least an hour to chill, as this will make rolling out and cutting much easier. Step 6: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone cooking mat to prevent the cookies from sticking. Step 7: Roll out dough Sprinkle the remaining ? cup of flour on a work surface, and using the rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Step 8: Cut into shapes Using your choice of cookie cutters, cut the dough into desired shapes. Step 9: Transfer to baking sheet Transfer the cookies to your prepared baking sheet -- leave about 1" of space between each cookie. Tip Any scraps of leftover dough can be rolled out one more time before becoming tough. Step 10: Bake Bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until lightly golden, then remove them from the oven—using oven mits, of course! Step 11: Cool Move the cookies to a plate or cooling rack after a minute or two, and let them cool completely before eating or decorating. Did You Know? Some sugar is good for your brain. Sugar and carbs are converted to blood glucose, the brain's fundamental fuel.
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