Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sugar Cookies - Yay Jz!

Look at me being all conformist and following the rules and putting up a recipe of actual cookies....

Life here rolls along - I hope all you you have peace and joy - in whatever form you need that to be.


1/2 lb unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1.5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 - 1/2 tsp salt

1 - with electric mixer on low speed, combine butter and sugar then add the egg yolk then flour, cornstarch and salt - until the mixture barely holds together.  Don't overbeat!
2 - Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, until firm.  Roll out on a lightly floured surface until it's 1/4" thick.  Cut into any shape you like then put cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  [alternatively: shape dough into a log and refrigerate or freeze until firm then slice 1/4" cookies and place on cookie sheet.]
3 - heat oven to 225.  bake cookies until just firm but still tender and not at all brown (~ 30 min).  Cool for a minute on the cookie sheet before using a spatula to transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.

The fun part **** substitutions
1 - melt one ounce bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler and let cool a bit.  Beat into butter and sugar before adding the egg.  Add 1 tbsp instant expresso powder with the dry ingredients.  To dip: melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate in a double boiler.  Stir until smooth.  Dip the cooled, baked cookies into the chocolate and put on waxed paper to harden.
2 - reduce butter to 14 tablespoons, add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest with the egg yolk.  Add 1 tbsp poppy seeds with the dry ingredients.
3 - Reduce sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1/2 cup crystallized ginger finely chopped.
4 - reduce the sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup brown sugar then 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp vanilla and/or 1/2 cup chopped nuts.


And the other cookie/not-cookie recipe posters........
Ryan
Sassy

14 comments:

  1. Love the substitutions, want to try them all. hugs abby

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  2. Hi, Greengirl! (Waves madly...) Nice to see you here again, and the cookies sound terrific. The additions are a nice touch - thanks!!

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  3. Lovely Thank you. Like the sound of the one with cinnamon and nuts.

    Love,
    Ronnie
    xx

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  4. The chocolate-espresso variation looks especially tempting! Thanks for including the variations. :)

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  5. Hmmm. Now I'm going to have to make 5 batches of these. My tastebuds thank you. My thighs do not. ;)

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  6. Oh my gosh! Sooooo yummy. I think I just drooled a little.

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  7. Yum yum, substitutions are for me!

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  8. ooooh! I'll take the lemon poppy seed alternative for sure!

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  9. oooH Lala! This looks like some fabulous sugar cookie variations! Thanks so much for sharing, greengirl! :) Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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  10. The recipe looks yummy, but it's the variations that knock this out of the park.
    I knew there was a reason I love you!
    Thanks for playing, chica!

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  11. I agree with Jz...Have got to try these...the variations are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  12. Greengirl these sound delicious will have to make them sometime. Thanks for sharing

    Hugs Lindy xx

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  13. Finally getting around to all the cookie recipes! I love sugar cookies, too. Can't wait to try the lemon and poppy seed version, though! Those will be popular around here. Thanks for all the ideas!

    Ella

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