BASIC SUGAR-COOKIE DOUGH
Here's one of the best-kept secrets of professional bakers: It takes only one cookie dough to produce a beautiful assortment of holiday cookies. Use this dough to make Santa's Snowflakes, Orange Spritz, and Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprints.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Yield Makes enough for our 4 varieties of cookies
Number Of Ingredients 6
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, and salt; mix on medium speed until combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in 2 batches, mixing just until incorporated.
- Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Place each on a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into disks. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 1 week.
EASY SUGAR COOKIES
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 85.9 calories, Carbohydrate 11.7 g, Cholesterol 14 mg, Fat 4 g, Fiber 0.2 g, Protein 0.9 g, SaturatedFat 2.5 g, Sodium 60.1 mg, Sugar 6.3 g
BASIC ICEBOX COOKIE DOUGH
This is a nice basic cookie dough that you can expand upon as you wish. Very versatile. *for variation, add chocolate chips, shredded coconut, toffee chips, whatever suits your taste buds!
Provided by SlipC
Yield 90 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 9
- In large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and beat well.
- Stir in the next 3 ingredients, blend well.
- If using nuts, add them now.
- Divide dough into 3 equal parts and shape each part into a 1 1/2" diameter roll.
- Wrap the rolls in saran wrap and put in fridge until firm, at least 2 hours.
- At this point, you can do one of three things: Bake, freeze, or refrigerate.
- To bake: Cut dough into 1/4" slices and bake 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet at 425°F for 5-7 minutes, or until golden.
- Remove immediately from sheets and cool completely.
- To refrigerate:Leave in saran wrap and use within 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Leave in saran wrap and use within 6 weeks.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 48.4, Fat 2.2, SaturatedFat 0.4, Cholesterol 4.7, Sodium 51.4, Carbohydrate 6.7, Fiber 0.1, Sugar 3.5, Protein 0.6
BASIC SUGAR COOKIES
This is the perfect basic sugar cookie recipe for decorating; soft, buttery, and sweet.
Provided by blobberboo
Yield Makes 25-30 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 6
- Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease and line two cookie sheets.
- In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
- In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff.
- DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut into whatever shapes you desire.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
BASIC COOKIE DOUGH WITH 6 VARIATIONS
From Woman's Day mag 10/7/03. Tightly wrapped dough for each variation can be refrigerated up to 5 days or frozen up to 3 months. Thaw frozen dough in refrigerator overnight. Once baked, cookies may be stored in an airtight container with wax paper between layers up to 1 week at room temperature or frozen up to 2 months.
Provided by hungrykitten
Yield 16-44 serving(s)
Number Of Ingredients 8
- Put butter, granulated and light brown sugar, the baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Beat with mixer on medium speed 3 minutes or until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well blended.
- Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually beat in flour until blended. Divide dough in half (about 1 3/4 cups per portion). Prepare each portion as directed in recipes.
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have baking sheets ready. Put 1 portion (1/2 recipe) basic cookie dough, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks, 1/2 cup each pecans and walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped, and 1/4 cup semisweet or milk chocolate mini M & Ms baking bits in a large bowl; stir until blended. Drop heaping measuring tablespoons dough 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack 2 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
- Lemon Wedges: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have baking sheets ready. Put 1 portion (1/2 recipe) basic cookie dough, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel and 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract in a large bowl; stir until blended. Roll 1/4 cup portions into balls. Place 4 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Press into 4 inch circles. Bake 13 to 15 minutes until light brown. While hot, remove circles with a broad spatula to a cutting board. Cut each circle into 6 wedges. Transfer wedges to a rack to cool completely. Whisk 3/4 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon water until smooth, adding more water if needed until just thin enough to drizzle. Place a piece of wax paper under cookies on rack. Drizzle cookies with sugar mixture; let stand until drizzle sets.
- Berry Crumb Bars: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch square baking pan with foil, letting foil extend above pan on opposite sides. With floured fingers, pat 1 1/4 cups dough (from 1/2 recipe chilled basic cookie dough) over bottom of prepared pan. Put 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped and 1/3 cup raspberry preserves in a small bowl; stir until well blended. Spread on dough to within 1/2 inch of edges of pan. Add coconut to remaining dough; stir until blended. Break off small pieces and place randomly on cranberry mixture. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until top is browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Holding foil ends, lift onto cutting board. Cut into 18 bars.
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have baking sheets ready. Put 1 portion (1/2 recipe) basic cookie dough, 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal, 1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped and 1/3 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter in a large bowl; stir until blended. Drop level measuring tablespoons 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Cool on sheet on wire racks 2 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
- Spicy Snickerdoodles: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have baking sheets ready. Put 1 portion (1/2 recipe) basic cookie dough, 3 tablespoons cornmeal, 2 tablespoons molasses, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/2 teaspoon ginger in a large bowl; stir until blended. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. Place 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a shallow bowl. Shape scant tablespoons dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar to coat. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with decorating sugar. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until edges are browned. Cool on sheet on wire racks 2 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
- Chocolate Toffee Brownies: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil, letting foil extend above pan at opposite sides. Put 1 portion (1/2 recipe) basic cookie dough and 6 ounces semisweet baking chocolate, melted, and cooled in a large bowl; stir until blended. Coarsely chop three 1.4 ounce Skor bars. Add 2/3 of the chopped candy bars to dough mixture; stir to combine. Spoon into lined pan; spread to cover bottom. Combine remaining candy bars, 1/3 cup milk chocloate chips, 1/3 cup pecans, chopped and 1/4 cup mini marshmallows in a small bowl. Sprinkle over dough; then press lightly to adhere. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Holding foil ends, lift onto cutting board. Cut square brownies using a serrated knife.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 257.9, Fat 12.3, SaturatedFat 7.5, Cholesterol 56.9, Sodium 170.6, Carbohydrate 34.4, Fiber 0.5, Sugar 19.4, Protein 2.9
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING'S CLASSIC SUGAR COOKIE
from the December 2009 magazine **Freezing the dough helps the cookies stay well defined while baking. Freeze for 10 minutes after rolling and for another 10 minutes after cutting out the shapes before baking.
Provided by 1031473
Yield 152 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 8
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. On high speed, beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. On low speed, beat in eggs and vanilla, then flour mixture just until blended, scraping bowl with a rubber spatula.
- Divide dough into 8 equal pieces; flatten each into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On floured surface, with floured rolling pin, roll 1 piece of dough to scant 1/4-inch thickness; keep remaining dough cold. With floured 3- to 4-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes. With wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and trimmings.
- When cookies are cool, prepare frosting and decorate cookies. Allow frosting to dry. Store cookies in tightly sealed containers with waxed paper between layers, at room temperature up to 2 weeks or in freezer up to 3 months.
BASIC SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH FROM GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
This is an easy, low sugar recipe from Nov 07 Good Housekeeping Magazine. I used it for my rolled cut cookies as well as the base dough for my snowball cookies.
Provided by arizonabayer
Yield 50-60 cookies
Number Of Ingredients 7
- On waxed paper, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar 1 minute or until creamy, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula. Add egg and vanilla, beat until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; gradually beat in flour mixture just until blended, occasionally scraping bowl. **This recipe calls for butter with no substitutions because the butter not only gives the best flavor, but also makes the dough more manageable. Margarines and spreads are too soft to produce a dough that can be rolled easily.
- Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
- Heat oven to 400*.
- Lightly flour your rolling surface, roll out 1/3 of the dough at a time. Keep remaining dough refrigerated.
- Place cut cookies about an inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 5 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Remove immediately from cookie sheets place onto cooling racks.
SHEEPY COOKIES (OR SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH TO SHAPE AS YOU WISH)
You don't have to make sheep. You can make this moldable sugar cookie dough into anything you can imagaine. But the sheep are sooooo cute, cute, cute, cute, cute. Recipe from Land O' Lakes Butter.
Provided by ctrmom
Yield 1 dozen
Number Of Ingredients 9
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
- Add sifted dry ingredients.
- Remove 1/3 cup dough and tint it by stirring in a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder.
- Refrigerate at least an hour to make dough easier to handle.
- Form the dough into desired shapes.
- Bake at 325 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet for 12 to 16 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
- To Make Sheep:.
- Shape dough into little balls from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch.
- Arrange white dough in ovals about 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches - as a wooly sheep.
- Roll four little chocolate dough balls between your fingers to form legs and attach.
- Form 1/2 inch chocolate ovals for heads. Add a bit of white dough for an eye.
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