A Sweet Summer Ending

As the summer comes to a close, the Labor Day Weekend picnic invites are coming in.  You may find yourself at a loss for what to bring, but we have the perfect recipe to win the kids (and parents) over!

July 9th, 2011 was National Sugar Cookie Day.  (Yes, they are that important!) It seems as if this day, along with most food holidays, aphotore a complete mystery.  Mystery or not, we recommend rounding up your family, friends, neighbors, and please indulge in this fantastic holiday.  Dress up your normal sugar cookies with some unusual ingredients (i.e., Rosemary, Dried Lavender, Lemon Zest, Sour Cream).

Throw a party where everyone gets a chance to bake their own cookies, bringing over diverse ingredients, decorating them in their own ways, then trading them with each other.  Consider this a new twist on a cookie exchange party.

I baked this recipe below and designed “Bride & Groom” cookies for newlyweds Mayrelis & Maurice.  They used them as hotel room favors for guests staying in the wedding hotel.

It’s a super easy and delicious recipes to build your creations upon:

 

Ingredients:

· 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

· ¾ tsp. Baking Powder

· ¼ tsp. Salt

· 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened

· 1 Cup Sugar

· 1 Egg, Beaten

· 1 Tbs. Milk

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Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.) Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.

3.) Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color.

4.) Add egg and milk and beat to combine.

5.) Lower speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.

6.) Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for approximately 2 hours.

7.) After refrigeration, roll dough onto powdered sugar surface, until about ¼“ thick.

8.) Cut into desired shapes, and bake for about 7-9 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.