I have tried many cut-out cookie recipes and this Martha Stewart recipe definitely has to be my favorite, the cookies taste really light, not too sweet and are soft but crispy. I really like to bake cookies for my nephews, they always ask me to bake them different shapes and decorate them a certain way so I am always on the look out for cookie cutters and decorating ideas. Halloween is almost here and I promised my niece I would make her some cookies and send them to her (she lives in WA). I spent most of the morning decorating them but it was definitely worth it, they turned out great and I know the kids will love them :)
3 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut in pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer.
- Add flour and salt to the butter/sugar mixture, beat until it is the texture of a course meal.
- In a separate small bowl, lightly beat egg yolks and vanilla. Add to the large bowl and mix, mix until the dough forms.
- Divide dough in half; form into two balls. Wrap in plastic; chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees C.
- On a floured surface, roll out one ball at a time to a thickness of 3/16 inch.
- Cut dough into desired shapes; carefully transfer to baking sheets.
- Place the baking sheet with the desired shapes for 10 minutes into the refrigerator (this will help the cookies hold their shape better).
- Bake until edges are firm (not brown), 10 to 15 minutes for 3-inch cookies. Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets; cool completely on a wire rack.
- Decorate as you wish. ** I used some store bought frosting, adding food coloring, put the frosting in Ziploc bags, cut the tip and used that to pipe out the frosting to decorate the cookies.
- Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- In order to make the candy corn cookies, divide the dough into 3 pieces.
- If you do not have orange food coloring, mix the red and yellow food coloring together to make orange and add to the first piece of dough.
- Add yellow food coloring to the second piece of dough.
- Leave the third piece plain.
- Roll out each piece of dough into logs and stick together, yellow at the bottom, orange in the middle and the "white" or plain piece on top, now shape into a triangle. It works better if you wrap all three pieces together in plastic then shape into a triangle.
- Place dough into the refrigerator for 1 hour or until cool.
- Once cool, slice by the desired thickness and bake at 350 deg C for 10-15 minutes.
- Cool 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheets; cool completely on a wire rack.
|I love colored dough, it looks so pretty and fun!|
|Shaping the candy corn cookies, so festive!|
|Candy Corn!! Baked and ready to eat!|
|Rolling out the dough and cutting some pumpkins.|
|Decorating the cookies, check out my awesome Ziploc bags frosting bags. I had some leaf sprinkles so I added them to the pumpkin cookies.|