Hmm, the smell of baked goods coming out of the oven can make a whole family assemble in the kitchen. Sugar cookies are the perfect treat and most everyone likes them.
They make the most wonderful mess when prepared with your young children, which leaves the kitchen a white flour wonderland. â€“ (You wonder how they could make such a big mess) Needless to say that they still make the best childhood memories because they leave a lot of room for creativity.-
There is no better and easier recipe than the one for simple sugar cookies.
One basic recipe fits all.
You can prepare the dough a day or even a couple of days in advance. Just leave the dough wrapped in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
Here is the basic recipe:
1 3/4 cups of white flour
One pinch of salt
1whole egg or 2 egg yokes
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 sticks of sweet cream butter or margarine without salt
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Make this dough quickly when all the ingredients are cold. Do not melt the butter. It needs to be cold, but not stone hard.
Sift the flour onto the clean table and rub the butter into the flour with your hands as if you would clean them.
Then add the sugar and the egg. Knead the dough quickly with your hands until it has the consistency of play dough.
In case it is too sticky, knead more flour into it, until it does not stick anymore.
Now leave the dough wrapped in aluminum foil rest in your fridge for an hour or so, until you shape the dough.
Bake at 400F until golden brown.
There are all kinds of ways to vary this recipe:
You can add spices like cinnamon or finely copped nuts to the dough. If you like, you can add raisins and other dried fruits, chocolate pieces or cocoa powder or flavors like vanilla, rum aroma, lemon rind, orange rind etc.
You can use cookie cutters or just make little balls, rolling them in egg white and some nuts, or cinnamon sugar. Or you can form the dough into pretzels and other forms.
When you use cookie cutters, you can brush the cookies with egg white before you bake them to make them shine, or use a sugar glaze after they come out of the oven and cooled off.
To make an easy glaze add some fluid to powdered sugar like water or coffee, or wine to get something like a thick paint. Then brush this glaze on the cooled cookies. This glaze makes it possible for sprinkles or nuts to stay on the cookie. You just add these decorations on the wet glaze. When it is dry, the decoration stays.
Have fun and be creative!