Leaf the rake, take the cookies!

As I stated previously, I collected many fall leaves in perfecting the realism of my crochet leaf pattern.  The colors, smells and sounds of Fall just put me in the mood to bake and when I was able to snag a great deal on the last leaf cookie cutter at the craft store I was off to the kitchen!  I have a sugar cookie recipe that I found years ago that does not require chilling which is good because I never did have the patience to wait until I could bake them.

No chill sugar cookies:

1 cup butter softened             1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder              1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla                             2 3/4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400.  In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla.  Add baking powder and flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff; blend last of flour in by hand. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls.  On a floured surface, roll each ball in a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/8″ thick. Dip cutters in flour before each use.  Bake cookie on ungreased cookie sheet on top rack of or for 6 – 7 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown.
For chocolate cookies stir in 3 oz. melted, unsweetened chocolate (if dough becomes too stiff, add water a teaspoon at a time)  You can also tint dough with paste icing color.  I added a simple confectioner sugar glaze to some and others got a maple topping.

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