Friday, January 8, 2010
Cookie Recipe #6 - Sugar Cookies
The origin of cookies appears in 7th century AD Persia when it became common to use sugar in that region(http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm Whatscookingamerica.net). Through the Muslim conquest of Spain, cookies then spread to Europe. By the 14th century whether you were royalty or just a street vendor, cookies were common.
Today's cookie is the Sugar Cookie. There are many different recipes for Sugar Cookies, but following is the one I generally use. Send me your favorite Sugar cookie recipe and why you prefer this one.
Ingredients: 1 lb (4 sticks) butter, softened, 3 cups granulated sugar, 4 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 5 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, sugar or other toppings for decorating.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large mixing bowl, beat butter; add sugar and continue beating. Add eggs and mix gradually incorporating the butter/sugar mixture; add vanilla. Sift in flour, salt and baking powder and blend well.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet 2 1/2 inches apart. Using decorator sugar, raw sugar, mini chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, or whatever topping you desire, place on each cookie. You may gently press the top of each cookie before placing the topping for better coverage.
Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-11 minutes. Cookies should be lightly brown around edges and slightly underdone in middle. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes (they can finish baking during this time). Transfer to cooling racks. When cool, enjoy with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee!