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Sugar Cookies

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup soft butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together.

2. Mix and beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla together.

3. Beat in flour mixture.

4. Chill 1 hour.

5. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 F for 8-10 minutes.

Optional: M&M's or red and green sugar placed on top before you bake them.

Note: You may need to put some flour on the surface on which you roll out the cookies.

Great for holiday cut-out cookies. Originally from Betsy Austin, Bennington, VT.
Submitted by Dan and Alicia Cunningham - Burlington, VT Mar 31, 2010

15 min 30 min 45 min


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  • Some margarine products are now made without trans fat and these are recommended as an alternative by the Harvard School of Public Health
  • In comparison to butter, margarine has less cholesterol and saturated fat, but much higher trans fat levels
  • The process of hydrogenation is to heat vegetable oils with the presence of hydrogen to create solidified product
  • The trans-fats or trans-fatty acids found in foods such as margarine have been linked to breast cancer
  • The emperor of France commissioned a chemist to create margarine because a non-dairy butter substitute was needed for the army
  • Margarine was invented by a chemist from France named Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès
  • Margarine is high in trans fat which the Mayo Clinic refers to as "double trouble" because it raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Margarine is created through hydrogenation, a process where vegetable oils are turned into solids


  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food
  • Sugar is a carbohydrate with about 9 calories per sugar cube
  • About 40% of the world's sugar production comes from Brazil
  • The fully mature sugar cane stem can grow as tall as five meters
  • Sugar cane and sugar beet are the most common sources of refined sugar
  • Sugar is sucrose which can is found naturally in many plants
  • Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing sugar to the Americas
  • The process of creating sugar through evaporation of the sugar cane juice began in India
  • The earliest known production of sugar dates back to 9000 BC in the southwest Pacific island of New Guinea


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