Around the middle of the 1700's, German Protestants settled in Pennsylvania, in an area called Nazareth. They created a sugar cookie called the Nazareth Sugar Cookie. The inspiration for the Nazareth Sugar Cookie recipe probably came from an earlier, unleavened cookie called the jumble.
Nowadays sugar cookies are pretty popular since they are pretty easy to decorate. Here is a simple sugar cookie recipe that I have used a couple of times.
You will need these ingredients (and I apologize if I mis-converted some of the numbers, I only have this recipe in danish, with measurements in the metric system ;-) ):
- 9 ounces of unsalted butter
- 1.5 cups of sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon fine grained salt
- 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
- 3.6 (or 3.5) cups of flour
Start by cutting the butter into squares (you can leave the butter outside the refrigerator for 15 minutes before starting). Put it in a bowl along with the sugar. Mix it well together, until it is a homogeneous mix. Add the egg and the vanilla extract.
In another bowl, you mix the flour and the baking powder. When it is well mixed, add the mixture to the butter mix a little at a time. Always make sure it is properly mixed together - you do not want to jump any corners here. When done, wrap the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.
Next, preheat your owen to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. Take out the dough and split it into 3 equal-sized parts. Take one ball and a time and roll the dough into a quarter inch to one eights of a quarter thin. The thinner the dough, the crisper the sugar cookies will be. When rolled, cut the dough with a cookie cutter (or a knife). Reroll the trimmings and cut again.
Place the cut cookies on cookie paper sheets and bake for around 6-9 minutes, depending on the thickness of the cookies. Now, if you want, you can let the sugar cookies cool and decorate them with frostings and whatnot.
Written by Jannich Brendle lør 03 december 2011 In Blogging