Added by maddimouse | Fri 10 Apr 2009 @ 16:27
This is a basic dough for cookies that we use for more than 30 years in our family already. There are loads of variations possible, I listed some at the end of METHOD, please check and feel free to create your own!
300 g white flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
100 g sugar
1/2 vanilla pod, the seeds
1/2 tsp lemon zests
150 g butter
additional flour to dust the worktop
Mix the flour with the baking powder, sugar and lemon zests. Add the vanilla seeds, the egg and butter and quickly knead a dough. Make a ball, wrap it up in cling film and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (depends on how warm the dough is).
You can leave the dough in the fridge for two or three days, won´t harm it!
Preheat the oven to 190°C and put some parchment paper on your baking tray.
Take the dough out of the fridge and unwrap it. Dust the worktop with some flour and knead it quickly until it´s become flexible. The dough shouldn´t stick to your hands, if it does, add some flour and knead it in.
Dust the worktop with flour again and place the dough ball on it. Make it flat with your hand, dust it with a bit of flour and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1 mm height.
Use a cookie cutter or whatever you have to now cut out your cookies, place them on the baking tray and bake them for 8 to 10 minutes (depends on how thick the dough is). As soon as you see the sides of the cookies take colour, they´re ready to be taken out of the oven.
Put the cookies in a bowl to cool off and bake the rest of the cookies (should be about 4 baking trays).
If you like them soft, store them in a canister and put a quarter of an apple to the cookies. They can be stored for several days, just check that the apple won´t rot and take it out as soon as the cookies are as soft as you want them to be.
The picture you see is a variation I made for easter.
I changed the dough for it. I didn´t use the vanilla pod, added the zest of a whole lemon and added four tblsp of lemon juice. I then had to add 2 tblsp of flour, this can vary, though.
When the cookies were cooled off I coated them with sugar icing made of powder sugar and limoncello, let that dry and sprinkled the cookies with melted chocolate.
I had them in the fridge for over an hour, they´re even nicer when they´re cooled!
Replace 1 tblsp flour with
1. 1 tblsp ground hazelnuts or
2. 1 tblsp cocoa or
3. 1 tblsp ground dried coconut
You can make your sugar icing with limoncello, lemon- or lime juice. You can also make terraces by cutting out and baking cookies in different sizes and sticking them together with jam in between when they´ve cooled off.