I’m kind of struggling for words today. Shopbop’s Friends and Family just started. I’ve ordered a new pair of Superga sneakers, and I’m convinced I probably need more, but nothing is really yelling at me. At least it’s a short week, AMIRIGHT? And Good Friday–which is my favorite service of the year. And I get to wear a new dress on Sunday and spend time celebrating Easter with my family.
Which brings me to cookies. Sugar cookies, specifically.
Everyone needs a good sugar cookie recipe in their back pocket. My favorite is Alton Brown’s (like so many of my other favorites). They are simple to whip up and have great texture. I like when cookies are a little on the thick side– they are better for biting into. And that’s what it’s all about.
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color.
Add egg and milk and beat to combine.
Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar.
Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking.
Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time.
Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack.
Serve as is or ice as desired.
Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
So you basically have three options for the cookies:
1. Eat them plain. The cookies on their own are more than delicious.
2. Decorate with Sprinkles. If you want to do this option, you’ll need to beat an egg, and apply to the raw cut out cookies with a pastry brush, and sprinkle away.
3. Ice after they’ve been baked. I used Royal Icing this time.