Icing Sugar Cookies

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Here is the first of my all time favorite Christmas cookie recipes.

These cookies are light and flaky with a hint of vanilla.

The first time I made a batch I thought they would be super sweet because of the use of icing sugar (powdered sugar) but it's not too sweet at all, in fact they were just right :)


2+3/4 cups plain flour (all purpose flour), sifted

1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar), sifted

125 grams (4.4 oz) softened butter

1 egg, at room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream butter until light and fluffy

Add icing sugar and beat until smooth

Add egg to the butter mix, blend until smooth

Stir in vanilla

Add flour and combine until dough comes together

Shape cookie dough into a disc and chill for at least 2 hours before rolling

Preheat the oven to 160*C, 320*F

On a lightly floured surface knead dough slightly to soften

Roll out dough betwwen two sheets of baking paper to ¼ inch thick and cut out desired shapes

Place cut outs on a lined cookie sheet

Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is a light golden brown

Remove cookies from the oven and cool on a wire rack

Decorate as desired

Store in an airtight container

Cookies will keep for 3 days


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