Making cookies for family and friends who will be visiting this week has been a tradition of mine. I’m excited to try this new Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookie and I hope you will make it a tradition as well.
Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookies
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8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate pieces of choice
Cream the butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla powder in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt on low speed until just blended. Place the dough on parchment paper and shape into a 12 inches long log. Chill for 3 to 24 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an insulated cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Cut the dough log into 1/4 inch-thick slices and place on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Place the cooled cookies on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Place the chocolate pieces in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on High for 15 seconds. Repeat at 5-second intervals, stirring and checking the consistency. The chocolate is ready when it freely drips from the spoon in a fine line. Spoon the chocolate into a large plastic food storage bag. Twist the bag until the chocolate is in one corner and then trim the tip of the bag. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies.
Variation: Add 1/2 teaspoon of any Nielsen-Massey Pure Flavor Extract, such as Chocolate, Almond, Lemon, Orange or Coffee, to the cookie dough to create a signature cookie.
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Are you ready for Christmas?
I’m seriously considering having everyone in my family to join me in the dome to celebrate this coming Friday – Christmas!~ I’ve got my poinsettias and even a few conifers ( trees) growing in the dome. Stay tune this week as I share from the Allotment Challenge I was nominated to participate in.
I hope you enjoyed the cookie recipes… I’ve got a few more to share this week and as always I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment below.