Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I don't know about you, but I find baking and decorating cookies a helpful distraction when life does annoying things I can't do anything about.
You Will Need:
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
3 teaspoons vanilla extract (or any flavor you prefer)
3 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg until everything is light. Stir in extract. Sift flour with baking powder, and add to the butter mixture. Mix well. Divide into two, roll into logs (or disks, depending how you bake) and wrap in cling film. Store in fridge until ready to use.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Do not grease baking sheets. For slice and bake butter cookies, go as thin as 1/8 inch. Arrange on sheets (they don't spread much) and bake until golden at the edges, 8-10 minutes depending on size, thickness, etc. Cool 1 minute on pan, then carefully remove with a very thin spatula. Some will break, that's the nature of these cookies.
When cool, decorate as desired.