Classic Sugar Cookies
Complete your holiday gathering with these classic cookies. Vary the cookie cutters and colored sugars to create an endless variety of shapes and designs.
1 3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1 tsp baking soda
3 2 tsp baking powder
4 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
5 1/4 cup butter
6 1/4 cup Neufchatel cheese
7 1 cup sugar, granulated
8 1 tsp vanilla extract
9 1 large egg(s)
10 1/2 cup fat-free skim milk
11 1 tsp all-purpose flour
12 1/3 cup sugar, colored (for decorating)
1 Preheat oven to 350 F.
2 Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg in a medium bowl: set aside.
3 Place butter and cheese in a large bowl: cream using an electric mixer. Add sugar and beat until batter is pale yellow: beat in vanilla extract and egg.
4 Add about 1/3 of flour mixture and 1/3 of milk to cheese mixture: mix batter on low speed until just combined. Repeat with remaining flour and cheese mixtures.
5 Shape dough into a ball and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Using your palms, press down on plastic wrap to flatten dough into a hamburger shape: refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
6 Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour on a flat work surface. Pull off about 1/3 of dough and, using a rolling pin, roll out
dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch circular cookie cutter, cut cookies out of dough and place on
ungreased baking sheets. Roll up dough scraps and add back to dough ball. Pull off another 1/3 of dough
and repeat process until all dough is used recipe will make approximately 45 cookies.
7 Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar and bake until edges just start to turn golden, about 10 to 12 minutes.
8 Remove cookies to wire racks and cook completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.
1 Make these cookies any shape you want. You can sprinkle them with colored sugar as we’ve done here or make colored icing and paint on your own designs (may affect POINTS values). To ice the cookies, bake them without the colored sugar topping. While they are cooling, combine 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 to 3 teaspoons of hot water in a small bowl. Divide icing in half and add drops of different food coloring to each half: paint designs on cookies using small painting or basting brushes.
This treat can be whipped up in minutes. They’re also a great recipe to make with your kids.
2 28 items Harry’s Pretzel Nuggets, or other brand
3 2 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place the pretzels on the wax paper close together but not quite touching.
2 Place the chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl and microwave on High, stirring every 15 seconds, until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 1 minute.
3 Fill a small, resealable plastic bag with melted chocolate and carefully snip off a small corner of the bag with scissors. Squeeze bag to drizzle chocolate over the pretzels using a back and forth motion.
4 Refrigerate 3 minutes or until the chocolate is firm, or allow the chocolate to firm up at room temperature, about 3 hours. Yields 7 pretzels per serving.