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........


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

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

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


  4. Yum! Love the alternative ideas! :)

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

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

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

  8. Yum yum, substitutions are for me!

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

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

    <3 Katie

  11. 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!

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

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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

    Hugs Lindy xx

  14. 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!


  15. Hiya Greengirl! So glad to see you popping back in on this special day in the blogosphere, and sharing such a special treat!! I adore sweet potatoes however they appear on the table. Have a wonderful holiday season!


  16. These look so good, it’s going to be great trying new twists on the standard sugar cookie!