Monday, April 11, 2011

Easter Cookies

It's time to bake! This morning while The Bean was in preschool (ie: no "help"), I set out to make a TON of miniature cream cheese sugar cookies. The recipe I use is my mother in laws, and it's been passed down from generation to generation. You know you're going to have a good cookie when the raw dough tastes DE-lectable! Yum. This recipe from Allrecipes is darn close! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extracts, and egg yolk. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour until well blended. Chill the dough for 8 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough 1/3 at a time to 1/8 inch thickness, refrigerating remaining dough until ready to use. Cut into desired shapes with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Leave cookies plain for frosting, or brush with slightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with candy sprinkles or colored sugar.
  4. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light and golden brown. Cool cookies completely before frosting.

Turns out, miniature cookie cutters are a lot of work. Eventually (3 cookie sheets later) I switched to honking big Wilton cutouts. (Did I take pictures for you? Of course not. Next time, pinkie promise.)

My desire to make sugar cookies sprinkled with the beautiful colored sugars is the fault of this woman: Sweet Sugar Belle. And her damned delectable crazy cookie website, The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. Of course, mine don't look anything like this, but I am using plain ole Wilton colored sugars from the jar...you know the one with 5 colors in the one jar, right? Not exactly professional. But yummy all the same. Plus, I think she iced hers and then sprinkled. I was too lazy for that.

Try not to do what I did when I discovered her site, spend an entire afternoon on the couch drooling over her cookie artwork. Or maybe you should!

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