Would it mess it them up to make just a 1/2 batch? How many, say 2 or 3 in. cookies, does one whole batch make?
Any help is much appreciated!
Nope, I make half a batch all the time. It will make about 4 dozen 3 in cookies. I have read others freeze or refrigerate the dough but I really haven't tried that. I did freeze some undecorated cookies with no problem.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1/2 tsp. salt
How thick should the dough be rolled out?
Your welcome, glad to help out when I can.
I usually roll mine about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch. If your cookie cutters are detailed or you want to put them on sticks, you will need to make them about 1/2 inch thick. The No Fail Sugar Cookies recipe is an excellent one to use. It's the best I have found over the years. It really tastes great, soft to bite into but still firm and it doesn't spread so you don't lose the shape of the cookie you want.
If you are looking for an easy to decorate with and good tasting icing, I highly recommend the Royal Icing for Decorated Cookies by Antonia74.
I ended up rolling mine 1/4 in. thick. I wish I had seen your post before I iced them. I looked everywhere & finally found a cookie icing recipe on Wilton's site--5 c. confectioner's sugar, 1/4 c. milk & 1/4 c. light corn syrup. Boy, did I have to thin that icing! It wouldn't even come out of the decorating bag!!! Well, anyway, it tastes okay. The No-Fail Sugar Cookies, however, I love! I really like the tip about rolling them between parchment paper--NO EXTRA FLOUR! I used 1/2 vanilla & 1/2 almond flavoring in my 1/2 batch. I made them Thursday night & they still good now on Saturday night! Actually, I think they are better than they were the first night.
Well, thanks so much for all of your help.