July 5, 2012

Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are wonderful in their simplicity, but more often than not, it doesn’t end there. Just like with cakes and cupcakes, it is the finishing touches that require more time. I’ve only ever used royal icing for my sugar cookies, and so this time around I decided to try glace icing.

I liked the consistency of the icing and it was very easy to apply to the cookies. At first I thought it was too liquid, but when I put it on the cookie, it stayed until I spread it to cover more area. I found it wasn’t necessary to pipe an outline and then flood the center making it less time consuming which is always a plus. Once it had dried, I don't think I would be able to taste a difference when compared to royal icing and so I now have another option for icing cookies!

Sugar Cookies
2 C all purpose flour
1/4 t salt
(1/2 t baking powder, omit if cutting in shapes and you don't want cookies to puff up at all)
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 C  sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla or almond

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until the dough is smooth.

Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.

Heat oven to 350º F.

Lightly flour your work surface and roll the chilled dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use desired cookie cutters to cut the cookies and place on baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges have lightly browned. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy right away or decorate!

Makes about 20, 4-inch cookies

For chocolate sugar cookie dough, add by hand, 2 T cocoa powder. I only made half the batch of dough chocolate, so only used 1 T cocoa powder.

Glace Icing
1 C confectioners sugar
2 T milk
1 T light corn syrup
1 t vanilla or almond
coloring, if using

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk gently, until well combined and smooth. Apply as needed for decorating. Will make enough icing for the above cookie recipe.

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