Monday, October 26, 2009

Butter Cookies with Cinnamon-Sugar and Almond Topping

Close up, this doily almost looks like a spider's web. Perfect choice for this time of year, when we are so close to Halloween. I've started going through my cookie recipes, deciding which ones will be featured on this year's winter holiday menus. Here is a favorite: these cookies are a Martha Stewart creation. We got the recipe from her original TV show, the one that was on many, many years ago. It's a delicious, buttery recipe, and we make it often. Not too many ingredients, and well worth trying. Recommended!
1 & 1/2 cups sweet butter, room temperature
3/4 cup powdered sugar (10x)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 & 3/4 cups flour
egg wash: 1 egg, 2 tablespoons milk
Sliced almonds for topping
A mixture of cinnamon and sugar for topping
Salt and pepper to taste... (Just kidding. No salt or pepper needed)

Sift the flour with the salt.
Beat the butter with the powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Incorporate the vanilla extract.
Slowly add the flour. When the dough is mixed, place it in the refrigerator for about an hour. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and cut it into small pieces, molding each into rounds about an inch and a half in diameter.
Make the egg wash: beat the egg with the two tablespoons of milk. Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place a few sliced almonds on top of it.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the cookies are golden in color.
Cool the cookies and enjoy!

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