December 16, 2013
You’ve heard me say it before: I’m not a big fan of traditional Christmas cookies. But that doesn’t mean that I want out of the Christmas cookie fun. I’ve just got to make a few adjustments. Last week I ditched spritzers for these festive Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies and today I’m replacing cookie cutter sugar cookies with this thin, crispy, chewy version.
Sugar cookies have always struck me as a canvas for holiday decorating without offering much in the taste department. That just isn’t enough, not when there are other yummy options for roll out, cookie cutter cookies. So this year, I decide to whip up a sugar cookie recipe that puts taste first. And, as it turns out, is also easily decorated for the holidays.
Finally, the sugar cookie I’ve always wanted!
This thin, crispy around the edges, chewy in the middle cookie might not be for everyone, but it sure has gotten a lot of positive reviews, and not just from my family! I recently hosted a cookie decorating party at a Polarn O. Pyret store in New York City and these cookies were the star of the show.
Everyone loved them! And even though this isn’t a roll out dough that works with cookie cutters, the kids loved decorating them with icing.
Thanks to my friends at Minted.com, I was able to give everyone who came a box of cookies to take home, and every last box was snatched up. And, no, not just because they came with these lovely gift tags (how perfect are these for giving homemade edible gifts?!) …
and were wrapped all pretty in one of the new, completely adorable personalized wrapping papers by Minted (you can still grab both in time for Christmas!).
People snatched up the favors because, it turns out, there are a lot more folks who, like me, are looking for a yummier sugar cookie. You one of them?
If you’re tired of dry, plain, crumbly sugar cookies, give these babies a try. And if you want to decorate them with the kids, you can use cookie icing or do something different: dip a q-tip in some natural gel food coloring and swipe it on a new or very clean stamp to stamp a message for Santa right on the cookies!
Crispy, Chewy Sugar Cookies
(Can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
Makes about 30 cookies
1 3/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, room temp
1 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup for rolling
1 large egg, room temperature
3 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup sour cream
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Add butter and 1 ½ cup sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or to a large mixing bowl. Using a stand or electric mixer, cream the two until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and sour cream and mix until combined.
3. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well incorporated, being careful not to over mix. Refrigerate batter for at least 30 minutes.
4. In the meantime, put remaining ¼ cup of sugar into a bowl. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator and scoop in heaping teaspoons. Roll the dough in your hands until a ball forms and then roll the ball in the sugar. Place on prepared cookie sheet and press down slightly with your palm.
5. Bake cookies in preheated oven until cookies just turn golden brown around the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the sheet for 2 or 3 minutes then, using a spatula, carefully transfer warm cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Repeat process until all of the dough is baked. (Alternatively, you can prepare the remaining dough through the end of step 4 and place the unbaked cookies in the freezer in a single layer. Once frozen through, place frozen dough in baggies. Label and store for up to 3 months. When ready to use, simply place portioned frozen dough on a parchment lines baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes.)
*Note: While there is nothing in these that is unsafe for younger eaters, I recommend them starting at 12 months due to the high sugar content. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to serve age appropriate portions. A little of this sweet treat goes a long way with wee ones!
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