Golden Sugar Cookies
From Southern Living All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes (Canada, UK), edited by Jean Wickstrom Liles.
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1//2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon whipping cream or half-and-half (optional)
Red and green decorator sugar crystals (optional)
Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating well. Add egg, beating well. Stir in lemon extract.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating well. Shape dough into two 12-inch rolls; wrap in wax paper, and chill at least 6 hours.
Unwrap rolls, and cut into 1/4-inch slices; place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush tops of cookies with cream, and sprinkle evenly with sugar crystals, if desired.
Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Note: Dough may be frozen by wrapping securely and freezing up to 1 month. Remove from freezer; slice dough, and bake as directed.
Yield: 6 dozen
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