If you've ever made rolled out sugar cookies, you know, from trial and error, that a good sugar cookie recipe is worth its weight in gold. You may be tempted to try other recipes from time to time, but if you have one that works, you're apt to stick with it. That's how this recipe for chocolate sugar cookies is for me. The dough is easy to work with and handle. During baking, the cookies retain their shape and the precise impressions left by cookie cutters. And, the same recipe can be used with chocolate, or without. If you're not keen on rolling cookies into shapes like stars or turkeys, or even moose, the dough can be rolled into a ball or treated as a drop cookie, adapting well to add-ins such as finely chopped nuts or mixed candied fruit. It's not too early to make plans for holiday cookie baking and packaging, especially if you plan to ship cookies to a member of the military. To get packages delivered in time for the holidays, the United States Postal Service (USPS) urges early mailing and offers shipping guidelines, via their website, at www.usps.com.
Pack cookies with care and they'll arrive just the way they left your kitchen -- full of flavor and with all their parts.
Sue Ade is a syndicated food writer with broad experience and interest in the culinary arts. She has worked and resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina since 1985 and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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