Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cookie Collection: Simple Sugar Cookies

I know, just yesterday I posted a cookie recipe, and today I am about to do the same. But I can't help it. It's the Holiday Season and I dream of cookies: making cookies, decorating cookies and eating cookies! So I decided to post all kinds of different cookie recipes that I find. Why only limit myself to one. There is never too many good cookie recipes. And at least I will have them right here, in this blog, it will be easy to find once I am ready to make them.

I finally started subscribing Food & Wine Magazine, I usually just bought it from the stand, but it's so much less expensive to subscribe it. I believe this cookie recipe is from December's issue for Food & Wine Magazine. And I just couldn't help it. Those cookies look so delicious!

Here is the recipe:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry or apricot jam (for jam-filled cookies)
  • Royal Icing, sprinkles, sparkles and dragées, for decorating

In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle, mix the flour with the sugar and salt. Add the butter and mix at low speed until the butter is broken up into small pieces, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the flour and butter form small clumps, about 1 minute. Add the egg yolks and vanilla and mix at low speed until the dough comes together in a few large clumps. Pat the cookie dough into two 1/2-inch-thick disks, wrap them in plastic and refrigerate until chilled but not firm, about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375°. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, working with 1 disk at a time, roll out the dough 1/8 inch thick. Using 3- to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Reroll the scraps and cut out more cookies. (Alternatively, cut the dough into 3- to 4-inch shapes and, using a smaller cutter, stamp out the center of half of the cookies.) Refrigerate the cutout cookies until chilled, about 30 minutes.

Bake the cookies for about 13 minutes, until they are lightly golden around the edges; shift the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through for even baking. Let the sugar cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then, using a metal spatula, carefully transfer them to a rack to cool completely, about 20 minutes.

For sandwich cookies, spread a thin layer of raspberry or apricot jam on the solid cookies and top with the corresponding cutout cookies to expose the jam. Otherwise, decorate as desired with the Royal Icing, sprinkles, sparkles and dragées.

Royal Icing Recipe
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 pound confectioners’ sugar (2 1/4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon water
In a medium bowl, beat the egg white at medium speed until foamy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating between additions, until the sugar is completely incorporated. Add the water and beat at high speed until the icing holds its shape, about 5 minutes.

Spoon the icing into a piping bag fitted with a plain tip and use at once; thin with water if necessary.

1 comment:

margot said...

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