Lemon & Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

by Nina | August 19, 2012 8:40 pm

There is nothing more basic than a sugar cookie and if you’re like me they taste best plain and warm straight from the oven!  However, there are times where decorating the cookie can turn a plain cookie from good to great.  Since it is Easter I decided to jazz up some sugar cookies with fun, pretty decorations that I think anyone can do. I came across this awesome recipe from Annie’s Eats that are so good I didn’t change a thing.  They are very simple to make, took me maybe about 20 minutes to prep.  Honestly, before I found this recipe I used the prepackaged stuff (I know that’s horrible coming from a culinary student, lol) but these were so easy I don’t think I’ll ever go back.  The main thing I found most important was to make sure to get the desired thickness of the cookies (about 1/4 inch) when rolling the dough and cutting them.  Also, make sure not to let them brown at all.  This allows the cookies to still be somewhat soft even after they’ve cooled.  This was also my first attempt at using royal icing so I will be posting the recipe for that very soon.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, and lemon zest until blended.  Mix in the flour and salt on low speed just until incorporated.
  2. Form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate until chilled and firm, at least 1-2 hours.
  3. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 375˚ F.
  4. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  Roll the dough out on a well floured work surface to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters as desired and transfer to the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through baking, until fully cooked but not at all browned.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Decorate as desired.

 

Source: Annie’s Eats (http://annies-eats.com/2010/04/02/sugar-cookies-revisited/)

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