We've been taking advantage of a few quiet winter moments to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies. Hattie's a great helper, she's not really gotten the concept of cutting or frosting cookies yet, but she's pretty good at mixing and very good at tasting. The recipe is from The Joy of Cooking, and it's been my go-to cookie recipe since I was as little kid helping my mom with baking. We always add a few extra drops of almond extract for extra yummy cookies.
Rich Roll Cookies from The Joy of Cooking Copyright 2006: The Joy of Cooking
Yield: About thirty-six 2- to 3-inch cookies
Beat in a large bowl until creamy:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2/3 cup sugar
Add and beat until combined: 1 large egg 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract or almond extract Stir in until blended: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour Divide the dough into thirds or quarters, shape into disks, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease or line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time, roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies using 2- or 3-inch cutters and arrange about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheets. Reroll and cut the scraps. If desired, sprinkle the cookies very lightly with: (Colored sprinkles, decorating sugar, or nonpareils) Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until the cookies are lightly colored on top and slightly darker at the edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand briefly, then remove to a rack to cool.
I make icing for these with cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, a bit of milk or cream, and a few drops of vanilla. I start with mixing up a cup of confectioner's sugar, a half package of cream cheese, and a few tablespoons of cream, and then just add a bit of this and a bit more of that until the consistency is right. If you let the frosted cookies set up for a few hours, the frosting gets nice and firm! For fancy decorating, I mix in food coloring and spoon the frosting into zip-loc bags, then snip a tiny hole in the corner for writing or drawing. The results aren't always very tidy, but they are always delicious!