Glazed Sugar Cookies with Cardamom & Nutmeg

Delightfully decorated sugar cookies are a lovely way to say thank-you (my way of saying thank-you to my large-event clients), a thoughtful gift (just because), or to celebrate a special event.  These cookies let me be artistic, and are delicious to boot.

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Makes about 9 dozen 2” cookies 

Ingredients:

4 c flour

1 T ground cardamom

1 t nutmeg

1# butter – room temperature

1½ c sugar

2 eggs – room temperature

1 T vanilla

Directions:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cardamom & nutmeg.

In another bowl, beat the butter until soft and creamy. (I use my Kitchen Aid)

Slowly add in the sugar, continue beating until fluffy, at least 4 minutes.

Add in the eggs, one at a time.  Beat until uniform.

Beat in the vanilla.

Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating until just combined. 

Divide the dough into 4 parts.

Form a disc from each, and wrap with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate overnight, or at least until firm.  I usually make the dough one day, cut, bake & decorate the next.

Preheat oven to 325°

Take the discs out of the fridge about 20 minutes before rolling.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to just under ¼“

With lightly floured cutters, cut the dough as desired. 

Using a spatula, move the cut cookies to parchment lined cookie sheets.

Bake for 14 minutes. If baking two sheets at once, rotate the pans at 7 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes before moving to cooling racks.

To decorate:

Mix together 2 cups of icing sugar with 3 T of milk.

Divide the white icing between bowls to colour.  Use paste food-colouring and add in small increments so you don’t add too much.

Use a 1” pastry brush to spread the base coat.

Let the base coat completely dry (at least an hour), before detailing the cookies.

Use a small zip-loc bag with a tiny corner cut out, or a small artist’s paintbrush to add detail.

Let the cookies dry for a full 3 hours after completing decoration.
Store in a covered container between layers of waxed paper, for up to 3 weeks.

Sanding sugars, and other interesting “sprinkles” can often be found in the cake-decorating section of craft stores and party rental businesses.

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