Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sugar cookies

Rolled Sugar cookies
All purpose flour - 3cups
salt - ½tspn
Unsalted butter - 2 sticks
Sugar - 1 cup
Egg - 1 no
Vanilla extract - 2tspns
yields - 2½" 30 cookies
Sift together the flour and salt in a medium bolw and set aside.

cream together the butter and sugar until the light and fluffy with hand mixer.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well .
Add the flour to the butter mixture and blend in a low speed.But dont overmix.
Turn out the dough into work space and divide it into two equal discs .Place the discs in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F

Rolled the dough on a parchment paper to 1/4 inch thickness.
dip the cookie cutters in flour and cut cookies and reroll the dough until you have used all the dough.
place the cookies with offset spatula in a lined cookie sheet.
bake them for 10 to 12 minutes .If the cookies start to turn slightly golden around the edges.Remove from oven and cool the cookies completely on a wired rack.
christmas tree sugar cookie

Royal icing using by Egg whites:
2 large egg whites

3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

Beat the egg whites in a bowl with hand mixer.Add sifted powdered sugar and beat in low speed for 10 minutes until you get a stiff peak.Transfer to an airtight container.Add food colors as per your requirement to the royal icing.Fill the parchment cone with the desired color and pipe on the cookie.Decorate with jiggle mix decors.

This recipe goes to cookie baking event hosting by Sharmi of neivedyam .