I was so in the mood for cookies last night but didn't have ingredients for chocolate chip or oatmeal. So I found a basic sugar cookie recipe and altered it to what I was in the mood for. They came out picture perfect and taste fantastic. I think the combination of nutmeg and orange is just so wintery. And they were great to snack on while I was writing...
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp orange zest
1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg; cut in 1 cup of softened butter until the mixture is crumbly.
2. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and orange zest until light and fluffy. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until well blended. Cover bowl and chill for 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). For simple round cookies: roll into small balls and press gently onto ungreased cookie sheet. For cookie cutter shapes: on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until edges begin to brown. Decorate as desired.
Let me know how they turn out!