Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Cookies from the Cookie Jar...


Things have been busy around here, and the snow is starting to fall already.
Did we skip a season????
I haven't had the chance to do some Leaf Peeping yet.
I may have to settle for these cookie creations,
if the lovely colors disappear to quickly.
Fall is a good time to get in the baking spirit.
The weather gets cooler,
and turning your oven on makes the kitchen nice and warm.
And I just love making Cut Out cookies.
They are so-o-o tasty!

Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3 c. of Flour
1 1/2 c. of Granulated Sugar (I use half brown sugar )
2 Large Egg
2 tsp. of Baking Powder

Directions
*Preheat the oven to 375°F.
*Cream the butter and sugar.
*Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter / sugar mixture.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.
*Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients one cup at a time, and continue mixing until the dough becomes stiff.
*Divide the dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour or more.
*On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough until it's approximately 1/8" thick.
*Cut out cookies using floured cookie cutters.
*Bake the cookies on an parchment covered cookie sheet for 6 - 8 minutes, or until they're golden brown
.*Let the cookies cool before frosting.

**Now for the frosting I use a confectionery sugar frosting and dip the cookies in to get that smooth texture.

Confectionery Sugar Frosting -
3 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. lemon juice or extract, and enough warm water to get the dipping consistency you desire.
**It works best in a mixing bowl with a whip. I let it go to get all the lumps out.

1 Others Say::

suburbangrandma said...

Your selection of cookie shapes and colors definitely remind us of the "skipped" season.
Wouldn't you agree that "snow" is almost a dirty word this early in the fall season???