Sarah's Old Fashioned American Sugar Cookies
1 cup (225g) granulated sugar, plus a little
extra for topping
½ tsp salt
¾ cup (170g) soft butter or margarine
2 eggs, one whole, one separated
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (280g) sifted plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1. Heat oven to 180C, 160C(fan), Gas 4. Grease a baking sheet.
2. Cream sugar, salt and butter/margarine thoroughly and set aside.
Add the whole egg, lemon rind, and vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy.
Sift the flour* and baking powder together and gradually stir in to the creamed ingredients.
3. Roll dough to ⅛” thick on a floured board. Cut in to fancy shapes with a cookie cutter, and place on the baking tray. Lightly beat the separated egg white, brush on to the cookies and sprinkle with a little sugar. Cook for 11-12 minutes until light brown around the edges.
*Add 2 tbsp cocoa to the flour for chocolate cookies.