Saturday, October 1, 2011
This is an incredibly simple recipe and it yields a huge batch of "can't eat just one" cookies. So I strongly recommend doubling the portion.
Now this is not just any recipe. This is my grandma's recipe. I grew up on these cookies, they followed me on every milestone. From a humongous batch at my wedding to a batch at the birth of my daughter. Everyone loves them, and truly, you can't stop at just one. So make at your own risk!
2 Vanillin sugars
1tsp baking powder
Mix flour and baking powder well in a large bowl. Add semi soft butter cut up in chunks to the flour and mix well with your hands breaking up the butter until the mixture resembles small crumbs.
This is how my grandma does it. :)
The add the egg and sugar and knead until the mixture comes together. Roll out and use cookie cutters to create shapes.
Put a baking sheet in a tray and place the cookies insode. Bake in a hot oven at 180C until slightly golden in color. Don't wait for them to get too brown, they are supposed to be quite light in color but they shouldn't be soft. You will need to do a few batches in the oven.
Once baked take them off the baking tray immediately so that they don't continue baking. Drop them in a bowl and start matching up. Jam one cookie and glue it to another one. Make sure you add jam to the bottom of the cookies (the side which is flat and was touching the baking tray).
Once that's done sprinkle them with icing sugar. The first day the cookies are quite hard, but as they age they only get better. Soft, melt in your mouth kind of better. They can stay for a couple of weeks in an airtight container.
You can make it pretty much any shape, for easter we made it into bunnies. Here I used square, triangle, circle and heart cookie cutters. The key is that they are bite sized.
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