Thursday, February 4, 2010

Sweets For My Sweets

Yesterday I made Valentine's Day care packages for my nieces and nephews.

Classic Sugar Cookies
3 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, baking powder & salt. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy. Beat the egg and vanilla together, then mix into sugar mixture. Add the dry ingredients. Divide dough into quarters, shape into disks, sprinkle with flour and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Heat oven to 350. On a lightly floured board roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Bake for 12 minutes.

Grandma's Pinwheels
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 tbspn milk
1 oz melted chocolate

Cream butter and sugar, and then add egg yolk & vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder, & salt together. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, then add milk. Divide dough in half and add melted chocolate to one half. Form white dough into a disk, sprinkle with flour. Cover both mixtures with saran wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll white dough on a lightly floured board about 1/8 inch thick, adding flour to the dough if necessary. Form the chocolate mixture into a disk with your hands, then gently press it out flat on top of the white dough. Roll the dough up like a jellyroll. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Slice dough into thin slices, place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12 minutes. ♥

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