Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 14th-Sugar Cookies

A Christmas Carol is a wonderful play to see, even when you are grown up. Thanks Prince Charming for a wonderful Sunday evening.

Soft and delicious! You will enjoy this recipe. It is a smaller batch than you normally see with sugar cookies, therefore I find it manageable and easy to work with.

Christmas Cookies

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Mix butter and sugar together and beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until combined. Form into two discs and wrap in plastic wrap, chill for two hours.

Roll out one dough disc at a time, keeping the rest in the refrigerator. Place dough on floured board and roll until 1/8 inch thick. Dip cookie cutters into flour to prevent sticking and cut dough into desired shapes. Bake at 350 in a preheated oven for 6-8 minutes until edges are light brown.

Royal Icing

1/2 pund confectioners sugar
1 large egg white

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with a whisk, combine sugar and egg white. Mix on low speed. Mix until icing holds a thick ribbonlike trail on the surface of the mixture for 5 seconds when you raise the paddle. You may always adjust by adding more sugar or one drop of liquid.

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