Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sugar and Spice Cookies

Sugar and spice cookies are just the thing for Fall.  If you crave an iced cookie with a bit of spice, but don't feel like gingerbread before December, then this recipe is the way to go.  Think of it as a perked up version of my delicious sugar cookie recipe that so many of you already like.  Dough that comes together quickly, rolls out nicely and bakes into beautifully-shaped cookies, are just some of the virtues of this cookie recipe.  Last, but not least, are the texture and flavor of the baked treat; not too sweet and never unbearably hard & crisp.

For the months of September, October & November, we all want to fill our home with the aromas of spices such as cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg, among others.  In the right proportions when mixed into a stellar dough, the baked cookie can stand on its own, get sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or it can be brightened with a good royal icing.


Take out those cookie cutters you've been meaning to use all year long and get your ingredients together.  The wholesome basics of flour, eggs, butter, sugar and spices are all in there.  Putting them together couldn't be easier.  All you really need to do is make sure that the butter & egg are at room temperature and you're on your way to making delectable treats.  Rolling out the dough between parchment paper straight from the mixer makes quick work of getting the cookies into the oven.  I've even provided you with a printable recipe!

Set some time aside this weekend and create spiced cookie dough for your next baking project.  You're going to love the simple goodness!  

The Basics

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A word on spices: You will see the breakdown of spices that I used for my recipe.  Always make sure that your spices are fresh & still fragrant.  You can substitute approximately 2-1/2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice for the list of spices if you wish.

If I'm making a spiced cookie dough, I find that adding the spices as I cream the butter & sugar disperses them much better.  If you've never tried making your spice cookie doughs this way, I really do encourage you to try it.  

This photo speaks for itself.  I do, on occasion, divide my doughs from the mixer and form 2 rounds for chilling, but lately I'm finding that dividing the dough in half and rolling these portions between pieces of parchment paper, saves time & energy.  I have cookbook author, Nancy Baggett, to thank for teaching me this trick.  Nothing could be easier!


As I said, this cookie dough is perfect for the Fall season, but it's also good anytime one craves sugar & spice.  Cut out a multitude of shapes using your favorite cookie cutters and then ice the sweets with royal icing.  However, you can always cut out simple rounds and sandwich two cookies with your favorite jam.  This is a good alternative to linzer cookies if you happen to have a nut allergy.  

Either way, you're going to love the flavor of these cookies.



I hope this recipe becomes a favorite with you.  Share the goodness by baking up cookies with a little sugar & spice, and have fun while making them!

David

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