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Hello Wednesday - It's time for Ryan's Recipe of the Week! This is probably my #1 holiday favorite - rolled sugar cookies. This recipe is very easy to make, and the results are fantastic. I like to pulverize the sugar in a food processor to make it super-fine; I feel the cookies have a more defined shape when they bake. I also like to chill the dough overnight in the refrigerator - also for better baking results. For decorating, it's really a toss-up between buttercream frosting (tasty!), decorating glaze (shiny!), and royal icing (precise). They all have advantages and disadvantages but all produce great results. Have fun and have a great Thanksgiving!

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups All-Purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. (I like 8 minutes - just a little brown on the edges)
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