Day 8: Cookie cutter sugar cookies
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 20, 2012
12/20/12 at 2:59 AM
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Original Print Headline: 12 Days of Cookies: Day 8
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Julia Allande has found a sugar cookie recipe with dough so workable she wants to share it with everyone.
Even children can cut and shape the dough with ease.
Allande acquired the cookbook 40 years ago, but she did not discover the recipe inside until 25 years ago. She doesn't recall which book it was.
"The name of the recipe was Mary's Sugar Cookies, but I have no idea who Mary is, so I call it 'Cookie Cutter Cookies That Really Work,' " Allande said.
Allande said she believes the recipe works because it calls for powdered sugar, which contains cornstarch and probably helps the cookies set up. Before she found the recipe, an afternoon making sugar cookies with her son could end in tears.
"It is a wonderful, wonderful recipe. Since then, I have made it with all kinds of kids and church groups because it works," Allande said.
The recipe calls for butter, but she has substituted margarine and the recipe still works like a dream.
She also suggests making the dough ahead and freezing it.
"I feel like I should stand on the street corner and preach about this recipe," Allande said.
COOKIE CUTTER SUGAR COOKIES THAT REALLY WORK
3 cups sifted 10x sugar (powdered sugar)
2 cups butter or margarine
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Stir together and mix into above:
5 cups flour
2 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1. The dough may be refrigerated at this point. Or not. It is an amazingly workable dough.
2. Roll dough out to 3/16-inch or less on floured pastry cloth. (Allande uses a slick cotton pillowcase dedicated to the cause, but wax paper or a floured surface should work also.)
3. Cut cookies with any cookie cutter. The cookies are easy to transfer to a cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles or wait until after cookies are baked and then ice.
4. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 7-8 minutes in 375 degree oven. Place on a rack to cool. Makes about 10 dozen cookies.
CHRISTOPHER SMITH / Tulsa World