Friday, 12 December 2014

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

I hosted a cookie swap this week (so fun! Read about it here) and I made sugar cookies.  I've made them a gazillion times because they're just that good.  Melt in your mouth kind of stuff!

So I'm going to share the recipe with you.  It comes from a book called Afternoon Tea Parties by Susannah Blake.  My aunt gave it to us for our engagement and almost every page is covered in flour/butter/icing sugar.

It's also super easy!   Here it is... Makes about 20 cookies.

Cookie Ingredients: 
115g butter, at room temp 
50g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
175g plain flour

Icing Ingredients: 
Egg white 
Icing sugar

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale.  
Beat in the egg yolk.  
Stir in the flour, knead the mixture gently to form a soft dough.  
Wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes.  (I've left it for much longer and it has been fine, just needs to be brought back to room temp by kneading a little) 
Preheat oven to 180C (350F) Gas 4.  Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 4mm.  (Add lots of flour to your rolling pin too as it sticks.. a lot!) 
Use cookie cutters to stamp out your shapes and arrange on greased baking trays. 
Re-roll the trimmings to cut out more cookies. 
Bake for about 10 minutes, until a pale golden colour.  
Leave the cookies on teh baking tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack. 

To decorate mix a couple of teaspoons of egg white with enough icing sugar to make a thick consistency.  If it's too runny then the lines will spread into each other.  

For the snowflakes, I used star shaped cutters and iced lines between the points.  Add little dots and extra lines to make your snowflake patterns. And no one would ever object to a sprinkling of glitter! 

Now off you go... get baking! And cookie swapping!


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