National Sugar Cookie Day
Observed each year on July 9, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever popular and delicious sugar cookie.
Always a holiday favorite and one of the easiest cookies to make, sugar cookies are sure to please any crowd or family. Most sugar cookies are created with sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and baking powder (or baking soda). Not only simple but most ingredients are typically found already in your pantry.
History of Sugar Cookie Day
Sugar Cookie Day originated of course from the sugar cookie, which traces back to around 1700 among the Nazarene’s of Pennsylvania. The pastoral people, German Protestants, created what they felt was proof that God loves us and wants is to be happy. It was known as the Nazareth Sugar Cookie, and was the only recipe of its kind.
Like all recipes, it started as something else and developed. It actually came from what was known as the “jumble”. The jumble was a biscuit that was unleavened and could be stored for months after it was dried. As time passed, Pennsylvania adopted the Nazarene Sugar Cookie as the official cookie of the commonwealth, not just as a resolution, but as a House Bill. House Bill 1892. Since the creation of the sugar cookie, it has been shared on tables for most celebrations.
How to celebrate Sugar Cookie Day
This is easy. You need to spend the day consuming sugar cookies in an embarrassing large quantity. There is nothing easier. Just head to the store and pick up multiple boxes of multiple varieties of sugar cookies. I personally, prefer homemade anything, especially cookies! For that reason, I have included my favorite sugar cookie recipes for you to indulge on:
Basic Sugar Cookies
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• Additional sugar
• 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
• 2. Shape into 1-in. balls. Roll in additional sugar. Place on greased baking sheets; flatten with a glass. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
3 Basic Sugar Cookie Recipes with a Twist
Cherry- Almond Jubilee’s
• Step 1: Create your Basic Sugar Cookie Dough (do not substitute slice-and-bake dough in this recipe).
• Step 2: Stir in 1 cup chopped dried cherries and 1 cup sliced almonds. Drop tablespoon-size mounds of dough onto baking sheets.
• Step 3: Bake at 350° F on parchment-lined baking sheets until just beginning to brown, 16 to 20 minutes.
• Step 4: Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Coconut Macaroon Crisps
• Step 1: Divide the basic sugar cookie dough in half (do not substitute slice-and-bake dough in this recipe).
• Step 2: On a floured surface, roll each piece out ¼ inch thick. Cut into rounds with a 1¾-inch cookie cutter. Place on baking sheets.
• Step 3: Top with a mixture of 1 egg white, 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, and ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar.
• Step 4: Bake at 350° F on parchment-lined baking sheets until just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
• Step 5: Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
• Step 1: Divide the basic sugar cookie dough in half and form into 1-by-1½-inch rectangular logs (do not substitute slice-and-bake dough). Refrigerate until firm. Slice ¼ inch thick.
• Step 2: Bake at 350° F on parchment-lined baking sheets until just beginning to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
• Step 3: Cool slightly on baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
• Step 4: Dip tops of cooled cookies in a mixture of 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice, and 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest.
Enjoy National Sugar Cookie. I have given you enough recipe to keep you stocked for the day. Let me know which was your favorite or if you have a favorite I didn’t include.
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