Monday, November 17, 2014

Give Thanks Cookies

Haniela from Haniela's Blog

Hello, I hope everyone is having a great Fall. So far it's been beautiful here in Pennsylvania.
I wanted to first introduce myself.  My name is Hani and write a blog called Haniela's and in addition to my blog I also have a  You Tube Channel  where I share videos how to decorate cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other treats.  Recently I launched my new Recipe Series, sharing tested recipes that  I absolutely love. One of those recipes is Sugar Cookie Recipe.  It has become a staple in my kitchen. 
Thanksgiving is around the corner and I wanted to make some simple yet pretty cookies for the holiday. I made Sugar Cookies and using a simple alphabet impression tool I stamped "GIVE THANKS" on each cookie. To make them little more special and even more delicious and coated back of the cookies with chocolate. I hope you'll give these a try.

Give Thanks Sugar Cookies for Thanksgiving,  using Alphabet Impression Set

To  make these cookies you need:

Sugar Cookie Dough((don't use baking powder in the recipe if using for this project)

 or you can also use delicious Linzer Cookie Dough

butter knife to spread the chocolate

Wax paper

GIVE THANKS  SUGAR COOKIES (you should get about 30+cookies, depending on the size of the cookie cutter you use,  to get the full "give thanks" on the cookies. Use 3 inch cutter)

3 cups (450grams) all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder ( in this project, omit the baking powder)

1/4 tsp kosher salt

2 sticks (1cup, 226grams)butter, unsalted, softened to room temperature

1 cup (200grams)granulated sugar

1 large egg, room temperature

1tbl vanilla extract, vanilla bean past or almond extract

Flavor options: I also like to use lemon zest with combination of vanilla extract or lemon extract, or orange zest.

  • Sift together flour,  add salt, set aside.
  • In a small dish whisk together egg and vanilla extract, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl cream together room temperature butter and sugar, about 5 minutes, scrape the bowl twice. Butter creamed with sugar  should be light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add vanilla egg mixture, beating anywhere from 30 seconds to minute until well mixed in.
  • Now gradually in 3 additions add flour. Lower the speed of your mixer to low. Scrape the bowl well after the last addition and beat just until flour is combined.
  • Scrape the cookie dough into a large bowl, and using your hands knead the cookie dough  for about 30 to 60 seconds, until dough comes together.
  • Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight(8hours) or minimum 4hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375F(190C)
  • Divide cookie dough in half. Roll one half of the cookie dough into about 1/4 inch thick, between 2 pieces of parchment paper using rolling guides on each side of the dough.(1 painter's stick on each side)
  • Cut out as many cookies as you can. Place the cookies on a light colored baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using the Alphabet Impression Set, thread "GIVE THANKS" into the track and press it into each cookie.
  • Chill the cut outs in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 9minutes, depending on the oven, you want the cookie to be crispy. If they get little golden on the bottom it is fine.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, transfer to cooling rack and let cool completely.
  • Line a tray with wax paper.
  • Melt the Chocolate Candy Melts according to the directions on the packaging
  • Spread some melted chocolate  on the back of the cookies, then place the cookie chocolate side down onto the wax paper and gently press down. Repeat.
  • Let chocolate harden for 10-15 minutes.
  • Then peel off the cookies from the wax paper. You should have a very thin layer of chocolate covering the bottom of the cookies.
  • Store in the airtight container for up to 2 weeks, between pieces of wax paper in a large airtight container, until ready to use.
  • You can simple wrap couple of these in a clear bag and give one to each of your guests   at Thanksgiving Table

Watch me how I made these pretty cookies

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