Dana's Primitive Sugar Cookies


Dough Ingredients:

7 cups unbleached flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon butter extract

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon light corn syrup



To make the dough:

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition, and then add extracts. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients. Turn the dough out onto a length of plastic wrap. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/4-inch and cut with your favorite cutters. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove, and let cool on rack.

To make the icing:

Mix all ingredients well with a hand or stand mixer, then pipe or spread on completely cooled cookies.

Optional: Add the extract or two of your choice to add a little flavor surprise