Bake clas­sic su­gar cook­ies for your cookie swap

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A favourite hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity for many of us is bak­ing, but be­tween gift shop­ping and get­to­geth­ers, it’s hard to find the time. In fact, a re­cent sur­vey by Be­cel found that one in two Cana­di­ans want to bake more dur­ing the hol­i­days, and 77 per cent would spon­ta­neously bake to cel­e­brate with fam­ily and friends. So why not get your loved ones to­gether for a cookie swap?

This fun fest is the per­fect way to share favourite recipes, while leav­ing each guest with enough treats for their up­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. The su­gar cookie is a clas­sic recipe for the hol­i­days and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for both young and old.

Di­rec­tions:

1. Beat mar­garine sticks with

1 cup (250 mL) su­gar in large bowl with elec­tric mixer un­til light and fluffy; about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla un­til blended. Grad­u­ally add flour and beat on low speed un­til blended. Di­vide dough in quar­ters; wrap in plas­tic wrap and flat­ten into disks. Re­frig­er­ate at least 1 hour or un­til firm.

2. Pre­heat oven to 350°F (180° C). Re­move plas­tic wrap from dough. Roll each quar­ter about

1/8-in. (3 mm) thick on floured sur­face with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into shapes with

2-in. (5 cm) cookie cut­ters. Ar­range on un­greased bak­ing sheets, 1 in. (2.5 cm) apart. If dough be­comes too soft, re­turn to re­frig­er­a­tor to firm up.

3. Sprin­kle with re­main­ing 2 tbsp (30 mL) su­gar.

4. Bake 10 minutes or un­til edges are just golden. Let stand

1 minute on wire rack; re­move cook­ies from sheets and cool com­pletely. Dec­o­rate as desired.

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