First, let's start by saying, I am so excited to have you! Each month, we will be sending out newsletters with a cookie of the month recipe, some tips and tricks and locations of our upcoming classes.
Let's talk December
This can be such a crazy, busy and exciting month. If you are like me, I love baking for my family and friends so much, by the time the month is over, I need the next 11 months to recover (and to find great new recipes for next year).
Christmas Sugar Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar, until light and fluffy (4 minutes, the mixture will also lighten in color).
2. Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined.
3. Add the salt and 3 1/2 cups of flour; combine until smooth dough forms. If the dough is tacky, add small amounts of flower (a tablespoon at a time) until it a stiffer dough forms.
4. Divide the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll.
5. Preheat oven to 375°F.
6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
7. Working with one half of the batter at a time, lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
8. Using your cookie cutter, cut out shapes and transfer cookies to the baking sheet.
9. Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill, this stops the cookies from losing their shape while baking.
10. Bake the cookies for about 9-11 minutes or until the edges are lightly starting to brown.
11. Give them a hour or so before you decorate, Have Fun!
A few tips to make these a little extra spectacular.
1. Always use high quality ingredients, I personally choose to use as many organic ingredients as possible. I know they can be pricy, but man do they help change the flavor.
2. The vanilla extract really matters! I use Nielsen-Massey bourbon vanilla bean paste, its amazing! Not only does it up the flavor of these cookies, it adds those wonderful little specks of vanilla bean that everyone loves.
3. Dont skip on the refrigeration time, these beauties will come out in perfect shape if given the time to chill out properly.
4. Lastly, know your audience. When I am making these cookies for family and friends to enjoy, I use every tip I mentioned above. If I am making these as decoration or for a group of children, then I typically sub in a much cheaper vanilla and make the cookies slightly thinner. Their little palettes are less discretionary.
We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting a cookie class with the AR Worksop in Naples. Info as follows:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SEATS AVAILABLE: 30 @ AR WORKSHOP NAPLES 2355 VANDERBILT BEACH RD., STE. 150 NAPLES, FL 34109 PHONE: 239-631-2976
Join us for DIY Cookies + Crafts! Learn the art of Cookie Decorating with Rushell Hopkins with Naples Cookie Company. This event will start with a DIY workshop to make an entertaining staple, a wooden Pedestal Tray or Lazy Susan. Customize your Lazy Susan or Pedestal Tray with your choice of (non-toxic!) stain and designer paint colors. Then you will have a cookie decorating lesson with Rushell. Take home your DIY project, 6 decorated cookies, and some sweet knowledge on this tasty skill! Registration fee includes your DIY project, cookies and cookie decorating instruction. You can go to https://www.arworkshop.com/event/?loc=naples&ev=139604 to register.
Hope we see you soon!