Just in Time for Valentine’s Day . . . Cut-out Cookies
This recipe isn’t new, but I think it’s worth sharing. I got it from my mom (she made these cut-outs when I was growing up) and the recipe is noted “Kraft recipe,” so I’m guessing it’s something Kraft Foods originally shared.
These cut-outs are of the soft variety – they have an almost cake-like texture. The recipe suggests rolling the dough to 1/8 inch thickness, but I usually roll them a little thicker. They can’t be beat with a glass of ice-cold milk (and they’re pretty enjoyable with coffee, as well).
While I sometimes ice cut-outs, lately I’ve been sprinkling them with colored sugar before they bake (I’ll usually dip a finger in water and lightly brush across the surface before immediately sprinkling with sugar).
This batch is going to school tomorrow with my daughter for her Valentine’s Day party.
(Makes between 2 and 3 dozen, depending on size of cut-outs)
3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients, mixing well.
Chill 4 hours or overnight.Roll dough out on surface to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Put on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees 5-7 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.
I used homemade vanilla in these; if you’ve never tried making your own vanilla, it’s super simple. The scent is out of this world, and it makes a unique gift.
375ml bottle 80-proof vodka (I use Smirnoff)
2 vanilla beans
Split vanilla beans in half lengthwise and put in bottle of vodka. Let cure for about 4 weeks (you can shake the bottle occasionally to mix the flavor).
I got this jar from my sister for Christmas: