I woke up this morning to bright sun reflecting off of yesterday's snow. Beautiful. On the off chance that the farmer's market was open this morning I ventured out to see what the snow had done to the city.
The farmers' market was closed (no big surprise) but at least it got me out!
I started to make dough for cookies yesterday and after the snow, the stew and the dough making I just didn't have the patience or energy to actually make the cookies. Guess what I'm doing today!?
as found in an issue of Gourmet Magazine, 2005
2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Whisk together flour and salt in a small bowl.
Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
Divide the dough into 2 balls and refrigerate at least 2 hours (I left mine in the fridge overnight)
You can decorate your cookies however you like. I decided to paint them in colored egg wash. If you choose to do this you have to do it BEFORE you bake the cookies. Eggwash: I used 2 eggs and a splash of water and divided them into a muffin tin (why not!) and added food coloring.
Now it's time to cut out the cookies!
The recipe recommends you cook them for 10-12 minutes. My cookies were definitely not done after 12. I left them in for 15-17 minutes depending on how thick I rolled them out. This is a basic sugar cookie recipe. You could add flavoring to the dough or decorate the cookies with colored sugar, royal icing, raisins.. whatever you want! I didn't think this recipe made enough cookies (not sure why I thought I needed more than the cookies below, but.. in case you are making these as gifts, I would double the recipe.