Soft Christmas Sugar Cookies

15 Dec

(From the ancient Neiman-Marcus Cookbook of French Grandma Myrtille de Plicque

 

Some of my favorite cookies over the decades…

 

I really like these!

 

These above are the ones I usually make, fast and easy!

 

Humm…visions of reindeers and so on… Poor Rudolph!

 

Little works of art!

Myrtille de Plicque’s classic Christmas Soft Sugar Cookies:

Makes around 25-30 medium sized cookies.

  • (200 grams) of sugar (OR 100 grams sugar and 100 grams of confectioners sugar)
  • 2 large eggs.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla (or nutmeg if you perfer).
  • (450 grams) of all-purpose flour, sifted.
  • (200 grams) of unsalted butter, diced.
  • 400 grams of sour cream
  • Extra flour for kneading and rolling.

Step 1:

In a bowl or in the kitchen mixer with paddle attachment, mix the two types of sugar, vanilla (or nutmeg) and the egg. Add the flour and the butter and keep mixing just until the dough comes together.

Step 2:

Knead the dough lightly by hand on your flour dusted kitchen counter and wrap it well in cling film and put it in a plastic bag. Chill the dough for 2 hours. I always roll out my dough on a sheet of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour and I set my oven to 325F (170C) when I bake cookies and place the baking tray in the middle of the oven. Depending on size I bake them from 15-20 mins. You want them to be light golden brown without being raw in the middle.

Decorating cookies before baking

Cookies can be decorated before baking with materials that withstand the heat of baking. Some things that you can place on your cookies before baking are:

  • colored sugars or natural sugars such as pearl sugar
  • jimmies, non-pareils, silver and gold dragées, and other sprinkles
  • raisins and dried fruits such as cranberries
  • nuts

These items can be placed on top of almost any cookie to dress it up a bit and give it a more festive appearance.

Paint a masterpiece

You can also paint your cookies before baking them. Make an edible food paint out of an egg yolk mixed with a few drops of food coloring and paint the cookies with a clean paintbrush. The paint will dry while baking and give the cookie a colorful, glazed appearance. This is a fun activity for kids!

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