Marbled Sugar Cookies

Serves 24 cookies     adjust servings

 

Ingredients

  • 3 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR, PLUS MORE FOR ROLLING
  • 2 TSP. ALUMINUM-FREE BAKING POWDER
  • 1 CUP (2 STICKS) SALTED BUTTER, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • 1 CUP SUGAR
  • 1 LARGE EGG
  • 2 TSP. MCCORMICK PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 2 TSP. MCCORMICK RED FOOD COLOR

Instructions

  1. Into a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium speed, beat butter and sugar for about 1½ minutes, or until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  3. Turn the mixer speed to low and carefully add the flour mixture a little at a time, occasionally stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Once all the flour has been incorporated, the dough should form a ball around the mixing attachment and feel soft but not sticky.
  4. Wrap the dough ball in a piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes before rolling.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator and gently make a dam in the center of the dough ball. Wearing disposable gloves, carefully pour 2 tsp McCormick Red Food Color into dam.  Carefully knead dough together to disperse food color throughout dough. 
  7. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured flat work surface to about ¼-inch thickness, using additional flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Use cookie cutters to create desired shapes, and carefully transfer with a cookie spatula to a nonstick baking sheet, placing the cookies about ¾ inch apart.
  8. Bake one sheet at a time in the middle of the oven until puffy, about 7-8 minutes. Allow the cookies to rest for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Repeat with the gathered scraps and remaining disk until all the dough has been used.

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