Next week is final's week at my son's college. He is a freshman Microelectronic Engineering major, so the finals will be pretty intense. The calculus....the physics.....electronic laws, like Ohm's Law...and, the stress! Oh My! During Parent's Weekend last fall I made his favorite Pumpkin Nut Bread, and brought it along with some other goodies. When thinking about what to send him now, I remembered seeing a post at a favorite site, La Table De Nana, featuring cookies with text made with the Brigitte Cookie Cutter (thank you, Monique!). I thought how perfect that would be. For finals he needed the ultimate treat and sweet food for thought, so I made Sugar Cookies with Zen inspired final's wishes....Om....Ohm........and the most important wish.....I baked them, packaged them and mailed them to send some warm wishes for college final's week.When he called to thank me I could feel the calm already.
Reflecting, I then wrote a Haiku poem:
The young blossom,
an open book.
I used this recipe to make the cookies....
Rolled Sugar Cookies
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 large egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In large bowl or food processor, cream sugar and butter together until fluffy. Add egg, lemon zest and vanilla extract until well blended. Add the flour and salt and mix until it begins to form a ball, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. If the dough is too dry, add a few drops of water. Scrape dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and press together to form a thick flat disc. Wrap well and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter a baking sheet.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about 1/8 inch thick (1/4 inch, if using Brigitte cutter), or desired thickness. The dough needs to be just the right temperature to roll and cut properly. If it is too cold, it is hard to roll, and if it is too soft it becomes difficult to cut and pick up. Roll any scraps back into a ball and chill again. Use as little flour as possible to roll out, so they don't get tough. After cutting, place on a baking sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes or until just lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack. I use an insulated baking sheet to prevent the edges from getting too brown.
Makes 4 dozen, 3 inch (1/8 inch thick) cookies.
Rolled Sugar Cookie recipe (pdf)
Written and photographed by Diane.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009