Sugar Cookies Recipe

Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ lemon, zested (optional)
  • ½ vanilla bean, remove seeds for use (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

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by Nancy Olson

Nancy Olson, the Pastry Chef at Gramercy Tavern in New York City uses these sugar cookies to make edible ornaments, decorated with colorful royal icing, for the Tavern's holiday tree.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.

Cream together the butter and sugar with the lemon zest, vanilla, and vanilla bean seeds. Add the egg and mix until completely incorporated.

Add the cream and the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with each addition, and mix just until a homogenous dough is formed.

Form a flat disc with the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.*

Roll out the dough to approximately 1/8-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes (if baking for decorations to trim a tree, it is important to remember to punch a small hole out now, before baking the cookies.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until the edges just turn golden.

Cool completely before decorating.

 

*Note: You can skip this step if you want to bake the cookies right away, but refrigerating overnight accomplishes two things. 1. It chills the dough, making it easier to roll and cut, and 2. It allows the flour to absorb moisture from both the cream and the egg, making for a much nicer dough and a better cookie).

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

223 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:

11%

Servings:

12
  • Fat 9g 14%
  • Carbs 33g 11%
  • Saturated 6g 28%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 17g
  • Monounsaturated 2g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 3g 6%
  • Cholesterol 39mg 13%
  • Sodium 72mg 3%
  • Calcium 24mg 2%
  • Magnesium 6mg 1%
  • Potassium 33mg 1%
  • Iron 1mg 6%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 54mg 8%
  • Vitamin A 82µg 9%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 11%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 8%
  • Niacin (B3) 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 1%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 40µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 1%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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