On this dreary Fall day there is nothing like a warm cup of tea to warm you right up. I actually love days like this- probably because they give you an excuse to stay inside in an effort to stay warm and dry.
It’s the simple things that can brighten up a day like this- or an otherwise glum day.
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers.
A great read.
Or a Ideal Sugar Cookie Recipe. The ingredients:simple. The effect: infinite.
IDEAL SUGAR COOKIES (makes 2 dozen)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons brandy, or milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or paste)
- Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy. With mixer running, add egg, brandy, and vanilla; mix until well combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
- Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.( I prefer parchment paper- much more authentic in my opinion).
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. (Keep the other disk in fridge until ready to roll.) Cut into desired shapes ( I used an overturned cup to create normal circles and crescent moons) and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more.