Gemma’s Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Gemma’s Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Gemma’s Best Ever Sugar Cookies

Hi Bold Bakers! A sugar cookie is a Christmas staple, and I have the perfect recipe for
you that you can dress up or down this holiday season. Also I'm excited to tell you that
I have the holiday baking headquarters over on BiggerBolderBaking.com, every recipe you'll
need this holiday season including loads more cookie recipes. So after this video go over
there and check them out. But right now we’re gonna get started with our cookie dough. So
I'm gonna make the cookie dough on a food processor because it’s really fast and easy,
however if you don't have one, you can always do it by hand and that will work really well
too. So into my food processor I'm going to add in all my dry ingredients, flour, sugar,
baking powder, and a little bit of salt. And then with a spatula I just like to give this
a mix around. To make sure that everything is combined. Lovely. You can’t beat a sugar
cookie around the holidays. Okay now into this mix a very important ingredient, cold
butter. So now what you do is pop on the lid, and we’re just gonna pulse this until it
resembles fine breadcrumbs. You wanna make sure that all the butter is nice small pieces
and even throughout. This just takes a few seconds. So as you can see our butter is all
blended nicely all the way throughout our flour. If you're doing this method by hand,
it is harder get such fine pieces of butter, but don't worry, something that resembles
coarse breadcrumbs is spot on. Okay lovely. Now we’re going to add some wet ingredients
into here. So here I have my eggs now into here I'm gonna add in a little bit of vanilla
extract, because sugar cookies always have that little bit of vanilla in them. And then
just give them a whisk together. It’s always good to combine these before adding them into
the rest of the ingredients. And then all we’re going to do is just pour this over
our dry ingredients, pop on your lid, and then just pulse it until it forms one big
ball. So now if you notice that your dough isn't coming together, it’s a little bit
dry, you can add a little bit more egg or a little bit of milk, just to bring it together.
So in case you haven't noticed this cookie dough is so fast to make, it’s just really
simple. So it’s come together in a nice big ball, this is perfect, now I'm gonna get
this out of here and put it in some cling wrap. You can always tell a good cookie dough
when it comes together in one big ball. So now what you want to do is wrap it up nice
and tight in cling wrap. Now this is what I do, I like to make it at least a day ahead
of when I need it so it’s really lovely and cold, it definitely needs around 2-3 hours
minimum to chill in the fridge before you can actually roll it. Another good thing about
this dough is that it freezes really well, so pop it into your freezer and then you can
take it out whenever you need it around the holiday season. So it’s been a few hours,
my cookie dough is lovely and chilled, so I've got some flour on my surface, there's
my dough ready to go, for this cookie dough you do need a good bit of flour because it
can get pretty soft. So with your rolling pin, roll it out to around a ? of an inch
thick, it really depends on what cookies you're making, but that's a good thickness. What
I do with this cookie dough around the holidays is I keep a little bit out and then I keep
some in the freezer as well because it makes loads of cookies. So you can have some fresh
and you can have some for later. So because I'm a huge fan of Christmas I have loads of
little Christmas cutters, I collect these all year round. Just waiting for the holiday
season. So go ahead and cut out any shapes that you like. And just so you know these
are the crisp kind of cookies that you decorate with royal icing for the holidays, they're
not the soft type. I have a recipe on my website of the soft ones and I also have a recipe
of the royal icing of how you can decorate them. It’s really easy and fun. One thing
about working with this dough, do work as quick as you can because it does get soft,
and if it does you can always pop it back into the fridge and then roll it out again.
Aw, look at that. That is a really festive looking tray. Now these guys are already to
be baked off. Bake your sugar cookies off at 325ºF/160ºC for roughly 18-20 minutes,
or until they're a really light golden brown. Our timer just went off so let’s check on
our cookies. You can tell that these are perfectly done because they're lightly golden brown
all over, and they're a nice even color. Absolutely gorgeous. Just look at how festive these are,
they make fantastic gifts around the holiday season, you can decorate them, box them up,
and give them to the ones that you love. Oh my gosh, not only do they look great, they
taste amazing too. They're a little bit sweet, they're buttery, got some vanilla in there,
mmm. Give me a mug of hot chocolate and I'm good to go. On my website you can upload photos
of your own creations. It's really easy to do and it’s a great way to get inspired
and see what the community is baking. Head over to my website right now and check out
my holiday baking headquarters and get every recipe you need this holiday season. I’ll
see you back here really soon for more Bigger Bolder Baking.

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