Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week 10: Sugar Cookies

There are 4 times a year when it is beyond reproach to eat copious amounts of sweet things. They are Christmas, Halloween, Easter and of course, Valentines day. As a soph (like an RA, except less rule-abiding), I get to mentor around 100 frosh. The froshies had planned a Valentines cookie decorating date for Sunday afternoon and I was obviously eager to do the baking. Good sophs don't let frosh eat store bought cookies. . .

According to my notes, this recipe made for 2 dozen medium sized 'star' cookies so I decided to double it to get 30-ish large heart cookies. Either my 'star' cookies of yesteryear were really tiny or I'm not very good at counting, because I ended up having to quadruple the recipe to have enough for the frosh a few for the roommates. The recipe below is 1/4 of what I actually made and was adapted from one on cookingnook. Also, this is a great one for when you don't have a few consecutive hours to bake because they need chill time in the fridge anyway, leaving you at least an hour to get some laundry done, or take a nap in my case.

Happy Valentines Day,

Sugar Cookies
Yield: 12 large cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 egg (use the other half to make yourself some French toast)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Add egg and vanilla and mix
  3. Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk and mix well
  4. Chill dough in the fridge for at least an hour
  5. Preset oven to 375F, Roll out dough to no thicker than 1/4" and cut out with cookie-cutters
  6. Bake for 8-9 minutes

Per large cookie:
151 calories | 8.2g sugar | 7.8g fat

Update: From the words of an eloquent froshie:
 "They were like moist, yielding with just the right amount of crumbing.
Words fail me to describe it more accurately"

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