A quick and easy Christmas cookie, chewy, colorful and festive. They are just two buttery bites big and taste like the very best sugar cookies – without the fuss and mess of rolling! Looking for color for your Christmas cookie plate? This is it!
Forget big-name chefs and hot-shot TV-food personalities. The real food celebrities are the countless home cooks who put healthy affordable meals on the table seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
You know, like you. YOU.
Enter Food52, the website and new cookbook but most importantly, the first organization to coax the best recipes from the best home cooks in an organized fashion.
During its first year, Food52 made two or three seasonal challenges each week.
In summer, it was “Send us your best corn chowder recipe” and in winter, “Send us your best baked ham recipe”. Home cooks did send their best recipes – in droves, especially as word got out.
Each week, Food52 and a growing community of contributors and followers somehow tested each challenge’s recipes and selected just one as “best”. And then they published The Food52 Cookbook, what Food52 founders and cookbook editors Amanda Hesser (she of Cooking for Mr. Latte fame) and Merrill Stubbs call the “love child of 52 weeks of recipe contests”.
And it’s fabulous. The cookbook is organized by season, just one recipe per challenge. The recipes are almost always practical and often inventive. They’re filled with insider tips and suggestions, the ones a friend would pass along when sharing her own recipe. I like to think that most would fit into Kitchen Parade like butter slides onto hot toast.
At Food52, what I call No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies are called “Secret Cookies”. They are so simple that I really do recommend fresh butter and even fresh flour. They’re easy to mix, require no chilling before baking and add color to a cookie tray. Kids and cousins? Grownups and grandpas? Everyone loves ‘em!
NO FUSS - NO MESS
NO-ROLL CHRISTMAS SUGAR COOKIES
Time to table: 1 hour
Makes 3 dozen small two-bite cookies (easily doubled but a triple batch is too much for my stand mixer)
- 12 tablespoons (1-1/2 sticks, 170g) salted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar (200g)
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 1-3/4 cup flour, fluffed to aerate before measuring or 230g
- Colored sugars – red, green or a mix
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to blend the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the yolk and extract and combine well. Add the flour and combine well.
Roll the cookie dough into balls (one-inch balls, that's 12 grams, for two-bite cookies, larger balls for larger cookies) and arrange quite close together (they spread just a little) to fill a baking sheet.
Hunt through the cupboards and china cabinet to find a glass with a patterned bottom – here, my grandmother’s sugar bowl worked perfectly. A smooth-bottomed glass also works but a pattern helps hold the sugar and if you’re really lucky (I wasn’t) the sugar will impress the pattern into the dough.
Rub the bottom of the glass with a little butter. Place the colored sugars on small plates, one color per plate. Dip the bottom of the glass into a colored sugar, then gently and evenly press the glass to flatten the cookie until, well, it’s flatter and squatter (like a thick button) but not thin and not flat.
Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the cookies are baked clear through and the bottoms are crisp and golden. Let cool for five minutes, transfer to paper towels on the counter to cool completely. Transfer to a storage container.
Delicious immediately but over a few days, the buttery, chewy flavor and texture continue to develop.
The buttery taste makes this a butter cookie! The pretty colored sugars make this a sugar cookie! The chewy texture makes it my favorite kinda cookie! DISCLOSURE Many cookies were sacrificed in order to form these opinions. Do not let their demise go unappreciated.
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For all who have entered to win the copy of Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cookies by Alice Medrich, thank you! Your cookie-baking traditions made me laugh and cry, some times at once. Thanks for sharing those stories! That giveaway remains open through December 8th, so you've still got another day to enter, see Holiday Baking Tips.
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