Happy holidays! As we enter the Christmas season our blog will contain more baking recipes as we prepare for holiday entertaining. We include several sugar cookie recipes we have found our guests and extended family raved over. This one comes from Martha Stewart in 2000.
She used this recipe with a recipe for royal icing to make cookie Christmas trees by stacking the cookies, larger ones at the bottom and smallest on top.
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1 cup olive oil
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for dusting
1 cup granulated sugar, plus more for pressing cookies
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
* Finely grated zest of one orange
1. Sift together flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda; set aside. Place butter, olive oil, 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, and 1 cup granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium until fluffy.
2. Beat in eggs, vanilla extract, and orange zest until well combined. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture slowly, until fully incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
3. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Form dough into balls measuring about 1 inch in diameter, and place on a cookie sheet about 2 inches part. Press flat with a glass dipped in sugar. Place cookies in oven, and bake until very lightly golden, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.
Makes 7 dozen cookies.