I've made these cookies over and over - I make pale pink ruffled hearts for Valentine's Day. Christmas reindeer and stars . Teddy bears and one year, a group of cactus. It is an easy dough to work with, and very forgiving - you can roll out the dough two more times using the scraps, without much difference in a splendid butter cookie, as long as you chill the dough in between.
I find her icing also easy - here I used one drop of blue to make this pretty Tiffany blue, then rolled the edges in sparkling sugar, which I found at Your Kitchen Store in Keene, NH.
Today I made these classic rounds for a friend who called at the last minute, in need of a few little treats for a book talk.
Martha's Iced Sugar Cookies
2 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
1/4 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 cup ( 1 stick) room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 T. brandy ( I used Courvoisier)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the icing:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 egg white
few drops of lemon juice
1 drop blue liquid food coloring
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Cream butter and sugar, then add the egg, brandy and vanilla and mix well.
Add dry ingredients a bit at a time and mix well.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. ( PS: She specifies 400F, but I use 350F)
Slice the dough in half, and roll out each half to about 1/8 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters of your choosing and place on a baking sheet lined with clean foil.
Bake for 10 minutes - do not allow to brown! Remove cookies to cooling rack until completely cool. If you are making several batches, turn down the heat by 5 degrees after the first two batches.
Mix icing ingredients well in a mixer bowl, brush cookies once or twice (letting the cookies dry in between), then roll edges in sparkling sugar.
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies, depending on how thinly you roll the dough.
What I'm doing:
Lots of lazy walks under a bower of still-brilliant yellow leaves, bouncing on spongy beds of bright green mosses, watching the water in the pond, which will be all-too-soon frozen, and loving those little children in my life.