Sugar cookies have been one of my favourite things to bake for a while now. I love that they are so versatile. You can decorate them to theme for parties and weddings, or you can just eat them plain. I sometimes also like to put frosting between two of them to make yo-yo’s or cookie sandwiches.
Jo and I wanted to share something super easy and practical with you at the start of the week. This recipe could easily be thrown together on a week night to take to work or gift to a friend (Jo is always encouraging me to gift them to her!)
We hope you enjoy them!
VANILLA SUGAR COOKIES
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 350g plain flour
- 100g self raising flour
- 125g granulated sugar (I just use caster sugar)
- 125g butter diced
- 125g golden syrup
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- Crumb the flour with sugar and butter. This can be done with your fingertips, the paddle attachment of a KitchenAid or a food processor. You basically just want the mix to look like breadcrumbs.
- Make a hole in the middle of the mix and add the egg, vanilla and syrup.
- Mix everything together.
- Pour out onto the table and pull the mix together with your hands. Try not to overwork it, but you may need to scrunch it together a bit to make it all come together.
- Roll out between two pieces of baking paper.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes.
- Place shapes in the fridge on a tray lined with baking paper to rest for 30 minutes to an hour until firm.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for 14 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing.
- ¾ cup warm water
- 5 tbs meringue powder (or pavlova powder)
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1kg pure icing sugar
- Add water and meringue powder to a large mixing bowl and hand whisk for 30 seconds.
- Add cream of tartar and hand whisk for another 30 seconds.
- Add all of the icing sugar and mix with a KitchenAid or electric mixer with paddle attachment on slow speed for 10 minutes.
- Divide the mix into separate bowls to tint with food colouring. You can help prevent the mixture from drying out by covering the bowl with a damp towel.
- Ice cooled biscuits and allow to set.
- Share with pals.