Yield: Aprox 22 medium cookies
Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita
You will need:
- 375 g of all-purpose flour, sifted
- a pinch of salt salt
- 230 g of unsalted butter, softened
- 200 g sugar
- 1 large eggs, cold
- 1teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract
In large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
In your Kitchen Aid or electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg until well incorporated.
Add flour mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla extract (in my case I add a little of pure vanilla powder cause its great) and almond extract and blend. Scrape the walls of the bowl to better results.
Remove the dough from bowl, make a ball, and place on a large piece of paper film on your counter top. Wrap the ball and then press down with the palm of your hand and make a disc.
Place the dough disc in the fridge for about an hour. I always wait cause in that way the cookies gets sharp edges.
Remove the disc and plastic wrap, place the dough on top of a large piece of parchment paper , then another sheet of parchment paper and roll it out. At the beginning its a little bit hard, but it will get easier I promise!
If you don’t have dough dowels like me, try to roll the dough until you get aprox the same thickness everywhere.
Preheat your oven to 180° C. Slide your parchment paper and dough onto a board, then place in refrigerator for about 20minutes. Remove from fridge, and cut your shapes using the cutters of your choice.
Place the cookies on a baking pan previously set with parchment paper. Place sheet with cookies into freezer for 30 minutes before baking.
Bake for14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
Cool sheets on wire racks. When the cookies are cooled you can start decorating with royal icing =D
The cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
The Christmas day my mom in law distribute the cute cookie packages we prepare and everyone absolutely loved them. We receive so many calls and flattering messages for the simple but great gift.
I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and that all your wishes come true.