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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Cut-Out Sugar Cookies 

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Cut-Out Sugar Cookies and Royal Icing
Sugar Cookies can be really boring and brittle. This recipe is tasty and the texture of the cookies are crisp on the outside and has a soft texture on the inside. The recipe is originally from Food52. I added some more spices to alter the flavors.
Ingredients
  • 3 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour (Plain Flour)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg
  • 2 Sticks or 8 Oz Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Paste
  • ROYAL ICING
  • 2-3 LARGE Egg Whites
  • 2 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Paste
Instructions
Whisk all of the dry ingredients together. Cream the butter and sugar till light and fluffy. You can't over mix this, make sure to cream till the butter and sugar have a visible texture and weight change. I'd say by hand this can take up to 10 minutes, by mixer 5 minutes. Add the vanilla paste and egg. Combine. Make sure to scrape the bowl. Add the dry ingredients all at once. Mix till the dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour. This is going to help the cut outs be easier to cut and give the dough a chance to relax. Pre-Heat oven to 350F or 170C. Roll Dough out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch. Flour your cookie cutters. Cut out the dough. Place on a baking tray with parchment paper. These cookies won't spread so you can put then at least an inch a part. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The edges of the cookie should be SLIGHTLY golden, if the whole cookie is golden, it is overdone and will be brittle. I sometimes check the cookies at 8-9 minutes to make sure the oven isn't running hot. Once out of the oven, transfer to a cooling rack. Make sure to cool before decorating! ROYAL ICING: Mix the 2-3 egg whites with the confectioner's sugar and vanilla paste. Let cool in the refrigerator. Add any dyes you'd like!
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 24 Cookies