Vanilla Sugar Cookies

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

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

Method:

  1. 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.
  2. Make a hole in the middle of the mix and add the egg, vanilla and syrup.
  3.  Mix everything together.
  4. 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.
  5. Roll out between two pieces of baking paper.
  6. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes. 
  7. Place shapes in the fridge on a tray lined with baking paper to rest for 30 minutes to an hour until firm.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for 14 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool completely before icing.

ROYAL ICING 

  • ¾ cup warm water
  • 5 tbs meringue powder (or pavlova powder)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1kg pure icing sugar 

Method:

  1. Add water and meringue powder to a large mixing bowl and hand whisk for 30 seconds.
  2. Add cream of tartar and hand whisk for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add all of the icing sugar and mix with a KitchenAid or electric mixer with paddle attachment on slow speed for 10 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. Ice cooled biscuits and allow to set.
  6. Share with pals.