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King Arthur Special Sugar Cookies

refrigerated cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon orange oil (to taste), OR 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 teaspoon almond extract, OR the flavoring of your choice
3 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar till light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the orange oil. Stir in the dry ingredients. Divide the dough in half, wrap each half in plastic wrap, and chill for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Working with one portion at a time, roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into your favorite shapes with a cookie cutter. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, or till they're a very light brown. Remove the cookies from the oven, and cool completely on a wire rack.

Cookies can be frosted, sandwiched with jam or frosting, or dipped in melted chocolate (flavored with a touch of orange oil, if desired). Enjoy!