Tuesday, March 14, 2017

yummy cookies and picking up after the winds

There have been some relatively strong winds here in the effort to inch towards spring. We spent some time today picking up downed sticks and branches at Bud and Betty's and then spent some time at my friend Beth's in-laws place just down the road as they had a huge limb come down in their driveway. Baked some cookies and now we are watching some television.

icing recipe:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1tsp. milk
mix together really well
1 tsp. corn syrup
1/8 tsp. almond extract

sugar cookie recipe (from bon appetit.com)
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1 1/4 cups chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

whisk salt, baking powder and flour in a small bowl. Using an electric mixer, on high, beat butter and sugar until well combined (about 3 minutes). Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla; beat just to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add dry ingredients. Mix just to combine.

Form dough into two 3/4" inch thickness disks, wrap in plastic. Chill at least 2 hours.

Place racks in lower and upper thirds of oven, preheat to 325. Let 1 disk of dough sit at room temperature until softened slightly (about 5 minutes). Roll out on a lightly floured sheet of parchment paper until about 1/4" thick, dusting with flour as needed. Cut out shapes with floured cookie cutters, transfer onto baking sheets.

Bake cookies, rotating baking sheets halfway through, until edges are golden 12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool. Then ice with above icing recipe.

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