My Aunt’s Sugar Cookies!

These sugar cookies are very special to me. Nothing reminds me more of the summers I spent as a kid in The States. The first time I remember eating them was when my then soon-to-be-Aunt made them for my family at our Good –Bye Picnic right before we made Aliyah. What I have always loved about these cookies are their shape and glaze. She always makes them dime size and glazes them with colorful frosting. Ever since then these sugar cookies have always been a treat for me. My Aunt gave me this recipe not too long ago so I could make them for my friends on my Base to give us a bit of special atmosphere for Shabbat.  As I am helping to prepare for Shabbat, I am baking up a batch of these great colorful sugar cookies. Let’s get started baking. It’s really not that difficult and they are very delicious!

If you prefer to order them and not bake these delicious sugar cookies, contact me at; bakersntakers@gmail.com.

For these cookies you will need;

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Whenever I had the chance of watching my Aunt make these she was always very clean about it. Sadly I am very messy when I cook, so for those of you who are like me here are some tips.

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First we are going to mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. So if you are using a mixer/ KitchenAid you want to use the dough hook (if you have no idea what that is don’t worry I have pictures). Now for some reason my margarine didn’t defrost at all and that created mess number one. So lesson number one is; make sure your margarine is fully softened!

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Okay so now you’re going to look at your bowl and ask yourself; “What, why isn’t this one consistency?”  I’ll tell you,some people believe that the point of sugar cookies are to get your hands dirty. I made them once with my nephew who is two and a half and the clean-up was longer than the prep. It was all worth it in the end! He was able to make his dream come true and actually play with his food. However a good way to keep your house clean is to toss the mixture that you have into a Ziplock bag, which also helps us with the next step. Once you have the cookie dough in the bag, work the dough though the bag. When you’re done, it should look something like this:

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Now we are finished with the first step. This means, now you get to relax for however long you want. Just leave the dough in the refrigerator, and you can pick up at this point when you have the time or when you feel like it. My Aunt likes to do this once her kids are asleep.

On to part number 2. Now that you and your dough are completely chilled, it’s time for shaping, baking and frosting. Here you are free to do as you like. Since I am duplicating my favorite sugar cookies I am going to show you how I do them. Preheat your oven to 200c or 400f, depending on your oven. Than make little dime size cookies and lay them out on a baking sheet. Some people like to sprinkle colored sugar or sprinkles on top, in which case this is the time to do it.

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Once you are done pop them in your oven for 8-10 minutes and let them cool completely. If you are someone who likes when there cookies are a little on the chewy side then put them in for 8 minutes. On the other hand if you like them a little crunchy you can leave them in up to 10 minutes, no more than that!

So now this is the part where my Aunt would really take her time, the frosting! For the frosting you will need:

  • 100 grams confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbls water
  • A drop of food coloring of your choice

I always love watching her glaze the tops of those dime size cookies making them look so tasty. And believe it or not that’s it!

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Enjoy!

Vivs 😉

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ira Green
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 14:19:11

    These cookies are great. They match the originals in every way. Your Aunt will be proud the first time she can taste them. They have a very light feeling, even if you eat more than one…two…three…..
    Keep it up!

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  2. Osnat
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 14:21:00

    I was thrilled to read this blog. Keep it coming. Can’t wait to see more great treats!

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  3. Bomama
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 15:42:26

    Great job Avital…..The “Brief Moment “cookies look great and I’m sure they taste good too. Looking frowardto tasting them (a new batch:) when I see come to Ra’anana.

    Reply

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