Friday, December 10, 2010
Cookie Recipe #342 - Cinnamon Christmas Stars
These 3-dimensional cookies are cinnamony-sweet, but can be difficult to assemble. Make sure the cookies bake long enough so that they don't fall apart while building (if they fall apart, the baker gets to eat them).
Ingredients: 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup butter, softened, 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, butter, shortening, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined. Cover and chill for at least one hour or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Press out cookies with a 2 1/2 inch star-shaped cookie cutter. Cut a 1/4 inch slit between 2 points on each star, cutting just past the center. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
Mix together 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle generously over cookies. Bake 6-8 minutes until golden. Let cool for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Fit cookies together, two by two, at the slits. (You may need to widen the slits with a sharp knife, cutting a little off of each side of the slit).
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, 1997.