October 14, 2010

Brown Sugar & Spice Cut Out Cookies

Good morning! It's Thursday! Whatever that means....nothing really. I promised to post my new cookie recipe yesterday afternoon, but things got too busy.

I really like this recipe because it is not your typical basic sugar cookie cut out recipe! I do love a good basic cut out cookie recipe, but this is just fun because it's different and very Fall. I love the brown sugar and cinnamon in the recipe! Give it a try, I know your family will love it! My kids scarfed them down! If you have leaf shaped cookie cutters, all the more fun!!

Brown Sugar and Spice Cut Out Cookies

1 C light brown sugar, packed
1/2 C butter, softened
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg white with splash of water, beaten, to brush on UNBAKED cookie to help adhere colored sugar BEFORE baking.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg, vanilla, and blend. Mix remaining dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture. If dough is too sticky to roll out, add another 1/4 cup flour. Also be sure to flour surface before rolling out dough. Roll dough to 1/8 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Decorate with colored sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. *Please read tip below

This tends to be a sticky dough at first, but you can definitely work with it and cut out cookies with no problem. The original recipe calls for 2 cups flour, but I definitely had to add about a 1/4 C extra flour to dough so I could roll it out. Cookie dough will be soft and refrigerating dough will help. The dough has such a wonderful flavor it's worth dealing with the softness and adding extra flour. If your dough is just fine with the initial 2 C flour then don't add any extra flour! You don't want your cookies to be tough!