Thursday, December 29, 2011

Holiday Baking Part 2

So this is posting a few days late, but since it is one of the best parts, I didn't want readers to miss out :-)

As I mentioned in the first post, Sandtarts are a traditional favorite in my family, as they were the cookies my father made growing up, and thus the ones he introduced us to when we were young and he was in charge of holiday baking.  They are like sugar cookies with a lemon flavor, and we hang them on our tree, as in the picture below (where the flash sadly blew out my careful striping of sprinkles on the tree cookie).

The recipe for these delightful cookies used to be the Joy of Cooking, but for some reason they removed it.  So here it is (and as much as I like chewy cookies, these are best rolled thin).

Beat until soft:
     3/4 cup butter
Add gradually and blend until creamy:
     1 1/4 cups sifted white sugar
Beat in:
     1 egg
     1 egg yolk
     1 teaspoon vanilla
     1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
Sift before measuring:
     3 cups all-purpose flour
Resift with:
     1/4 teaspoon salt
Stir the flour gradually into the butter mixture until well blended.  The last of the flour may have to be kneaded in by hand.  Chill the dough several hours.
Preheat oven to 400.
Roll the dough until very thin.  Cut into shapes and place on greased cookie sheets.  
Brush the tops of the cookies with:
     The white of an egg
Sprinkle generously with sugar.
Bake about 8 minutes. 

That's all for now, as I am writing these overdue posts between interview analysis.  But stay tuned for the pies!

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