Welcome to day 16 of Baltimore Baking Examiner’s 25 days of Christmas cookie recipes. Today’s cookie is a quintessential classic: the sugar cookie. Sugar cookies rank among one of the most popular cookie flavors to date. This simple to make cookie is not only delectable but fun to create. Bakers have the option to chill the dough in logs and simply slice it into rounds or, what seems to be the more popular option, to roll out the dough and use fun and festive cookie cutters to make the cookies into shapes of the season.
The sugar cookie was invented in the 1700’s by German Protestants who migrated to the area of Nazareth Pennsylvania. It was originally called the “Nazareth Sugar Cookie.” Nonpareils (the very first form of sprinkles) were invented in 18th century France. Hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) were invented in 1936 by Gerard de Vries for Venz, a Dutch company known for making sweet treats. But the best sugar cookie recipe comes from www.foodnetwork.com The recipe for this cookie is as follows:
- 1 cup butter, unsalted
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- In a second bowl, combine and mix well the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour into butter mixture 1 cup at a time.
- Chill dough for 3 to 4 hours.
- Roll out dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. Brush with milk and sprinkle with colored sugar.
- Bake on a sheet pan or a parchment lined sheet pan in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the cookie.
- Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely.
For bakers who are partial to round, thin, and crispy cookies, simply roll dough into a log, cover in plastic wrap, allow to chill, then cut slices from the dough upon removal from the refrigerator. To give cookies that thin and crispy texture spray your fingers with some non-stick cooking spray and press the cookie dough until it is flat to the pan. The bake time my vary, so allow the first batch to be timed by eye, removing the cookies from the oven once they are golden brown.
Colorful sprinkles are a fun way to add some extra pop to the flavor and appearance of your sugar cookies. Allowing children to use the cookie cutters to form the cookies and letting them choose what kind of sprinkles they would like to add to them, is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen as well as providing a safe and adult supervised holiday activity for the family to do together.
Sugar cookies are the perfect cookie to make icing cookie or ice cream sandwiches! Simply spread icing on one cookie then top with another to created an icing cookie sandwich. Adding red or green food coloring to white or cream cheese flavored icing really adds an eye-catching element to this simple recipe. To create an ice cream sandwich be sure that your cookies have been cooled completely through and, using and ice cream scoop, top one cookie before gently pressing another cookie atop the ice cream. Mint chocolate chip ice cream and peppermint ice cream are fun and festive flavors to add to these quick and easy ice cream sandwiches. Baltimore City residents can purchase the ingredients for this recipe at the following locations: Giant Foods 1020 West 41st Street Baltimore, MD. 21211 and Eddies of Roland Park 5113 Roland Avenue Baltimore, MD. 21210.