Friday, November 21, 2014

super easy cut-out lime sugar cookies


Reader, meet lime sugar cookie, exotic second cousin of the sour cream cookie. Lime sugar cookie, meet reader. 


All of us have made sugar cookies in the past, but in this post I want to show you a couple little tricks to make your sugar cookies the best sugar cookies at the Thanksgiving table. Keep reading if you want to learn how to make a refreshing twist on this classic recipe; a quick and easy stress free Thanksgiving dessert contribution. You know what to do, click "Chowtinue" Reading. (Oh my goodness these puns are chowsome)


My earliest memories of "cooking" are sitting around the kid's table cutting out cookies with my coolest aunt (you know who you are) and friends (you also know who you are). It always amazed me that you could make a turkey out of cookie dough, granted it would be a 2D turkey, but outlines are still magical to a first grader. When I look back, that freedom to create anything you want is something I'm grateful to have learned so early on. 



But, these posts aren't about me, they are about you, and around this time of year you are stressed. Thanksgiving is an enormous operation to pull of every year, and after a stressful week's preparation the last thing you want to worry about is dessert. Pies and cakes are so difficult and time-consuming to pull off, and not to mention, if you don't make them yourself you risk ridicule from Aunt Margaret. We all remember the incident in '07. Why put yourself through all this unwanted pressure when it literally takes fifteen minutes to make an elegantly simple, unique cookie that everyone will be praising you for. Even Aunt Margaret will like it. She won't show it, but she'll like it. 



Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. For those beginner bakers you're gonna need to take the pots and pans out of the oven before you turn it on. The good news is that this is the hardest part of the recipe. 



2. In a separate bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. These include the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set it aside. Remember all of the measurements and ingredients can be found at the bottom of the post. 



3. I lied, if you don't have either a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or a really muscular friend, this is going to be the hardest part of the recipe. In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar for five minutes, or until it is smooth and fluffy. When you try it, and I know you'll try it, it should taste really light and airy, the word is ephemeral for those of you studying the SAT's.



4. Into the same butter and sugar mixture, beat in one egg, vanilla extract (be careful, this stuff is potent), the lime juice and lime zest. 



5. Now add the dry ingredients you set aside into the butter mixture and stir until it is combined. Try not to overmix it because that'll make the final product tough and dense. 



6. At this juncture you have two choices. You can transfer the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll it into a log and refrigerate it so it becomes easy to cut and make into shapes later; or you can use an ice-cream scoop and bake the cookies now. As Chef John from Foodwishes.com would say, you're the wookie of your cookies.



7. Generously space the cookies apart from each other. Once the first batch bakes you can guestimate how close you can put them to each other without cookie attachment. You have to be careful though, cookies are lovers. If you put them too close to each other they will find each other. Bake them for 11-13 minutes on the center rack. Bake until the edges show some color and the tops look dry. As they cool they will harden. For a softer, chewier cookie take them out after 8-10 minutes. For a crispier biscuit-like cookie bake for 11-13 minutes. 



All there is left to do is to surprise your guests with these amazing lime scented cookies! After a heavy Thanksgiving meal, your guest will appreciate these light and refreshing cookies. If you do decide to make these please send me a picture and don't forget to support us by commenting below and liking and subscribing. I always appreciate it. Happy Thanksgiving y'all! And as always, 

Chow!



Recipe

2 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
zest and juice of two medium sized limes
sugar for rolling cookies

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