Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas Sugar Cookies



Deck the hall with boughs of holly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.
'Tis the season to be jolly,
Fa la la la la la la la la.

Merry Christmas everyone!! I'm sure everyone's in the holiday mood.

We @ ChocoChili want to apologize  for being MIA for quite some time. 

This is also the season to be forgiving so we know our readers would ignore the huge time gap in posts.. 

 
These sugar cookies are yummy and super easy to make. I made the cookies in chrismas colors.And yes what you see are orange cookies. I bought a food color which said red-orange. Clearly you can see there's no red in it. It was all Orange. ALL ORANGE!!!!

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart's sugar cookie.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 100 gm butter(I used salted amul butter)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food color as required
  • Sprinkles for decoration.(I used silver balls)\
Preparation
  • In a large bowl   whisk flour and baking powder.
  • Cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. 
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
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  • Put the mixer on low and slowly add the flour into the bowl till it is combined.
  • Divide the dough into two halves and add the required food color. Mix till the dough is become the required color.
  • Flatten the dough into disks and wrap it in cling film.
  • Freeze it till the dough is firm roughly around 20 mins. 
  • Preheat oven to 160 degree centigrade.
  • Line baking sheets with butter paper.
  • Remove one dough disk from the fridge  and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Roll it out between two butter paper. 
  • Cut the dough into shapes using cookie cutter.
  • Decorate the cookie with sprinkles. 
  • Reroll the scrap dough and cut shapes. Repeat with all the remaining dough.
  • Bake it for 10-15 mins, rotating it halfway through. I was using a microwave in convection mode so I didn't need to rotate it.
  • The time required for the cookies vary from the size and thickness of the cookies. Mine took between 10-12 mins. Bake the cookies till the edges are golden brown.
 

These cookies are super easy to make and will make a really good Christmas gift. Wrap it up in see through paper and tie a ribbon. Voila!! You have your own homemade Christmas gifts. I used them as return gifts for my Christmas lunch.

Note: To make an egg-less version of these cookies mix 1Tbsp of flax-seed powder with 3 Tbsp of water in a bowl. Keep it for 5 min. Beat it with a fork and add it to the mixture.

I have made the cookies with and without egg and it tastes the same.