Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sugar cookies

I wasn't going to make anything today, because I am working like crazy and totally do not have any free time, but then I saw this recipe in Cooks Illustrated and had to. These are good, basic sugar cookies. I would like to drizzle them with a glaze, or sprinkle them with colored sugar or crushed candy canes, but they are good plain as well.

Sugar cookies
From Cook's Illustrated nov/dec 2010

2 1/4 c rice flour mix
1/2 t xanthan gum
1/2 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 oz cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces
6 T butter, melted (still warm)
1/3 c vegetable oil
1 egg
1 T milk (I used eggnog!)
2 t vanilla
sugar for rolling the cookies in

Preheat the oven to 350. Whisk together the flour mix, xanthan gum, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Combine sugars in another bowl, then add cream cheese. Pour the butter over, and stir until combined. Add oil, stir, then add egg, milk, and vanilla. Stir this into the flour mixture until combined. Chill the dough 10 minutes, then scoop small balls onto a plate covered with sugar. Roll gently in the sugar, then place on a cookie sheet, about a dozen per sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, until just starting to brown on the edges, then cool 5 minutes on the pan before removing them to a wire rack. Makes about three dozen, depending on how big you make them.

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