7 November 2012

Sugar Cookies


Hi everyone,
A few days before Halloween I found a recipe for sugar cookies on Nigella Lawson's website, which you can find here. I really wanted to try it out but ran out of time to do them for Halloween, so I made them the next day. Since Halloween was over, I decided to turn them into Christmas biscuits instead (it's no longer too early to be excited for Christmas, right?)

90 grams soft, unsalted butter
100 grams caster sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
200 grams plain flour plus more for rolling
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
150 grams icing sugar (sieved)
food colouring

Cream the butter and sugar together until it's pale and light, then beat in the egg and add the vanilla extract. (It's best to cream it with your hands rather than with a spoon because the heat from your hands will help it combine a lot quicker)
In a different bowl, combine your dry ingredients; the flour, baking powder and salt. Add them to the butter mixture and mix it all gently together. If it's too sticky add a bit more flour.
Take the dough out of the bowl and form it into a fat disc, then wrap it up in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for an hour.
Once an hour has passed, preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4, then take the dough out of the fridge and put in on a floured surface. Roll it out so that it's half a centimeter in thickness, then cut into shapes. Put the biscuits on a baking sheet and make sure there's enough space between them.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until they are lightly golden around the edges, then leave to cool on a rack.
Once they're all cooled, make the icing. We mixed 25ml of water into 150g of icing, then used three smaller bowls to put three different food colourings in each of them. We divided the icing equally between the three colours and used home made piping bags (made out of paper) to decorate the biscuits.

It was a lot of fun to do and the biscuits turned out so yummy. 
Let me know your favourite biscuit recipe!

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