Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sugar Cookies!!

Who doesn't love a scrumptious well-decorated sugar cookie?? I don't make them very often due to the fact that they are soo time consuming. However, for Christmas this year I got festive and not only tried a new sugar cookie recipe but I made them into dinosaur and martini glass shapes.

  • 4 Sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon ground all-spice
  • (powdered sugar for rolling the dough out-or flour if you prefer)

  • 1. Beat the butter, using a mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the sugar, eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low and beat in the remaining ingredients. If tinting dough, add food coloring.
  • 2. For chocolate dough, reduce flour to 4 1/2 cups and add 2/3 cup cocoa. For hand-formed cookies, transfer to an airtight container. For rolled and cut cookies, divide dough in half, form into 1-inch-thick slabs, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. For sliced cookies, use parchment paper to roll dough into logs.
  • 3. Chill dough at least 2 hours. And chill formed cookies 20 minutes before baking at 350 degrees F on parchment-lined baking pans 10 to 15 minutes, depending on cookie size. For tinted-dough cookies, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake 12 to 18 minutes.

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