Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sugar Cookie Re-Do

This recipe was one I posted many months ago on my old blog. I wasn't thrilled with the pictures and I thought it would be nice to show how you can make these cookies for every holiday.

Sugar Cookies
from an old family recipe

2/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons milk

The easiest way to start with these cookies is to leave the butter and eggs out on the counter for a few hours before starting. Then when you are ready to start, mix the sugar and the butter with a hand mixer or a stand mixer until it is creamy.
Then add the eggs, vanilla and orange zest and mix after each addition. Next, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, then add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and mix again.
 Once the dough is prepared, wrap the the ball in a piece of parchment or wax paper and refrigerate the dough for at least an hour or over night if you want.
After the dough is chilled, sprinkle some flour on a large wood cutting board or even a clean counter. Then roll the dough out using a rolling pin also lightly dusted with flour. The dough should be about 1/4-1/3 of an inch thick. If you want the dough to produce more cookies, it should be a little thinner. Then, using any sort of cookie cutter, cut out the cookies and place them on a tray with parchment paper.

I recently got this scratchy toy with catnip in the back for Winston. I leave it in the kitchen so that he doesn't try and climb in the oven, cabinets or under the sink when I'm cooking. He's obsessed, which is nice, because then I always have company in the kitchen. However, the catnip makes him so crazy that sometimes he reaches out and grabs my feet when he's feeling feisty. As long as I'm not carrying a hot tray of cookies, it's fine, otherwise it can be a little shaky.
 Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the cookies. These took about 10 minutes. You want the bottom edges to just beginning to turn golden brown. It's best to take them out a little before you think they are done because they will continue to cook. After a few minutes, remove the cookies to a cooling rack.
 Once the cookies cool completely, you can make the frosting. Just combine all of the frosting ingredients and using a fork, (or beaters if you want) mix everything together. You can also add some food coloring to mix things up if you want.
Next, spread an even layer of frosting over the cookies and add whatever decorations you want. As you can see, I made some blue frosting and added patriotic decorations for the 4th of July.
Here's my artsy shot. Aren't they cute!

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