Friday, 23 November 2012

Christmas Sugar Cookies

This week has been extremely busy here at HQ with orders and our Christmas photo shoot taking place yesterday, it's no surprise we've practically had no time to relax. So we decided to get back in the kitchen and bake a little treat, which turned out to be traditional Christmas sugar cookies. We have to admit, it made a nice change being in the kitchen and away from the hectic schedule we've had with all week with our Christmas prep. Not familiar with baking sugar cookies, take a look below....
Basic Sugar Cookies

Serves 32 | To prepare 90mins| To cook 10-18mins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Assorted candies, sprinkles, or colored sugars, for decorating (optional)
  • In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Beat in egg and vanilla. 
  • With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture; beat until combined. 
  • Divide dough in half; flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic; freeze until firm, at least 20 minutes, or place in a resealable plastic bag, and freeze up to 3 months (thaw in refrigerator overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  • Line baking sheets with parchment. 
  • Remove one dough disk; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. 
  • Roll out 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of floured parchment, dusting dough with flour as needed. 
  • Cut shapes with cookie cutters. 
  • Using a spatula, transfer to prepared baking sheets. (If dough gets soft, chill 10 minutes.) Reroll scraps; cut shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake, rotating halfway through, until edges are golden, 10 to 18 minutes (depending on size). 
  • Cool completely on wire racks. To ice cookies, spread with the back of a spoon. 
  • Let the icing harden, about 20 minutes. 
  • Decorate as desired.
Hope you're all having a lovely Friday!



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