Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sugar Cookies

Well as of today, I spent over four hours in the emergency room, but I was seen, but in retrospect it was alright. My sister has wanted sugar cookies for over two weeks so i decided today to make them.

Yes I know it has been a while since I posted, and the intro is pretty grim, but oh so true.

I took a basic, but rich, sugar cookie recipe and vamped it my way:

14.8 oz AP flour
.1 oz baking powder
.1 oz kosher salt
8 oz unsalted butter, softened
5.5 oz granulated sugar (I used my homemade vanilla sugar)
4 oz confectioners sugar
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: orange zest .1 oz, coarse sugar for decoration or royal icing for decoration

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in bowl.

Cream the butter and the sugars together until fluffy and light.

Add the vanilla extract (and zest if used) and incorporate. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.

Slowly add the flour mixture and continue beating until dough comes together, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

Roll a tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and slightly flatten. Dip one side in the coarse sugar and place sugar-side up on cookie sheet 1 in apart.

Refrigerate cookies for 30 min. Preheat oven to 375*F.

Bake cookies for 10-15 min (12 min works best for my oven). Leave cookies on sheet to cool until firm enough to transfer without breaking (about 5-10min). Continue to cool on cooling rack. Can store in airtight container for up to a month.

We never get to storing part, lol. I hope you enjoy.

You can omit the rolling in sugar part and decorate with royal icing, but i did not tonight. Still got looks of smiles.

Be blessed