With cookies of course! Remember all those cookies I made last weekend? Well I'm making more this weekend and I'm sharing the recipe this time . Remember this recipe? Where I explained America's Test Kitchen? Well that's where this recipe is from, so if you want the full explaination, go there, see the "*" note.
Okay onto the recipe.
1 Large Egg Yolk
1 Tablespoon Heavy Whipping Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Unsalted Butter (2 sticks), softened (about 70°)
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon table salt (but if you salted butter, omit this)
2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Cookie Press
Various cookie press shapes
What you do with it:
sidenote: The recipe below has been doubled from above. I find that it's not worth my time to just make 1 batch at a time, as one batch only yields 2 cookie sheets worth or cookies. If you've ever had these cookies you eat at least 5 at a time...so they go pretty quickly.
Step 1: Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375°.
Step 2: In a small bowl, beat yolk, cream and vanilla with a fork until combined, set aside.
Step 3: In standing mixer put butter and sugar
Mix until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula (I did't add that tidbit the reciepe did).
Of course Baby Fox had to get in on the action, as soon as he heard the mixer turn on he runs up to me and says "doing?"
Step 4: With mixer running at medium speed, add yolk/cream mixture and beat until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down bowl.
Step 4: With mixer running at low speed gradually beat in flour until combined. Scrape down bowl and give final stir with rubber spatula to enure that there are no flour pockets.
sidenote: If you don't have these bowls you need to get them stat! They look like a bowl, but then you can fold them for easy dumping into your standing mixer
See the pinching action? Totally easy way to get your flour in the bowl without spilling everywhere, you're welcome!
Step 5: Using cookie press to form cookies, follow manufacturers instructions to fill. If you don't have cookie press you can use a pastry bag with a large tip on the end to form cookies.
Step 6: Press or pipe cookies onto ungreased baking sheet
Yet another side note. My cookie press is electric, which you can find here, or here. I have not tried either one of these, so use at your own risk. Mine is older than me and was passed down from my Grandma.
Step 7: No cookie is complete without some sprinkles right? Pour them on! I was being stingy because I didn't want to go to the store to get more sprinkles, but after I took this picture my Dad went and got some more, so later cookies have way more sprinkles.
Step 8: I do two cookie sheets at a time, and rotate the cookie sheets (top goes to the bottom rack, and vice versa), makes baking go a lot quicker and I'm not in the kitchen for so long. So yes I own a lot of cookie sheets for this reason.
Silly me didn't take any pictures of them cooling, so you'll have to settle for the picture that I already showed you. I'm making some more this weekend, so I'll take a picture then and maybe update this post. Here is what 595 cookies look like all bagged up.
And there you have it. So go out and make some cookies for your friends and family! Hope you all have a great weekend and get all your last minute shopping done, I know I have some stuff to still find, hoping I get it today, so all I have to do is, wrap, wrap wrap!