Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sugar Cookies

I love making sugar cookies for the holidays! I have been making so many these past few weeks and I love how creative you can get with them. Experimenting with different flavors and toppings is so much fun for me and I must say my family doesn't seem to mind! lol. Here is a simple recipe that makes chewy and delicious sugar cookies.

Here's what you need:

  • 2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • powdered sugar for rolling out dough and decorating
Here's what to do:
  1. Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until combined. Add egg and milk and anise extract, continue to beat.
  2. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add flour to butter mixture and continue to beat slowly, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Place dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
  5. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F
  6. Sprinkle your counter top with powdered sugar and roll out your chilled dough to about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Cut out your cookie shapes and place on parchment paper about an inch apart.
  8. Bake for about 9 minutes. Let cool completely before decorating.
  9. For the topping I melted about 6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil  in a water bath and drizzled it onto cookies with a fork. when that was completely cooled I sprinkled the cookies with sifted powdered sugar.
These last for a couple of weeks stored in an air tight container, but lasted about 3 days at home! ;)

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