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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

my favorite Valentine cookies

These are my all-purpose sugar cookies, good for every holiday. The recipe comes from Martha Stewart's first book, Entertaining, and it is, like Martha, just perfect. The cookies above were rolled fairly thickly, so they are somewhat chewy, but if you roll them very thinly, they should be crispier - and a little more fragile.

Martha's Sugar cookies:

1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 cups King Arthur all purpose flour
1/4 t. kosher salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 large egg
2 T. brandy ( I used Courvoisier)
1/2 t. vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl, then add the salt, flour, baking powder, egg, brandy, and vanilla and mix until the dough forms a ball.

Pat the dough into a rough rectangle, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to roll out, preheat oven to 375F, then cut the rectangle in half, and proceed. You can gather the scraps up and use again - the dough is very forgiving.

Place cookies on foil covered cookie sheets fairly close together.

Bake cookies for 9 minutes, though if your cookies are small, keep your eye on them - they may bake faster, and these cookies should not be browned.

Remove cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.

The icing:

1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 egg white
2 drops lemon juice
2 drops red food color

Beat the egg white until frothy, then add the confectioner's sugar and lemon juice and food coloring. Brush on completely cooled cookies and let dry on racks. When the icing is completely dry, it should be shiny and hard - which makes these much easier to transport or package.

Happy baking!


La Table De Nana said...

I'll be waiting:) They are too pretty.

katrina said...

Here they are, Nana!

Jeff said...

I love the soft, earthy pink color of the Valentine icing. Nicely done.

I also use a Martha Stewart recipe for my sugar cookies - I don't think it's the same book, but it's a very similar recipe... it always makes me laugh when they don't come out quite as well as hers (or yours), and I find myself reading over the recipe and inevitably discovering the problem was my fault.

I just imagine her smiling cordially but shaking her head with frustration.

Happy Valentine's Day, Katrina, it's always a pleasure reading your blog.

Mumsy said...

I made this recipe for our Christmas cookies. Except i think we just use 1 large yolk. The best sugar cookies! I love how pretty yours are. We made Martha's recipe for sturdy cutout cookies yesterday. We had some neighbor friends over and I figured I'd need a sturdy recipe for three yr. olds. :)

katrina said...

Aurggg, Jeff - I wrote back to you and now it's vanished! Thank you for your very sweet comment! I had to laugh at the thought of Martha,eyebrow raised at the naughtiness of you not following her recipe:) Happy belated Birthday!

katrina said...

Lindsey, love the image of those sturdy 3 year olds and these sturdy cookies. What fun! I miss that, now that my children are older.
Glad you agree this is the most terrific all-purpose cookies recipe! Ah, where would we be without Martha:)

Marianne said...

These are so lovely, I'm back for a second look at these pretty cookies!

katrina said...

You are so sweet, Marianne! I hope the pictures inspire you to race into the kitchen asap! Thank you so much for popping in to comment - and an early Happy V-day to you!

La Table De Nana said...

Me too..Thank you!

katrina said...

Thank YOU, Nana!