Thursday 6 December 2018

Cinnamon Clementine Sugar Cookies

Thought I would share my favourite sugar cookie recipe today. There are so many sugar cookie recipes out there and let's be honest, the base is pretty similar from one recipe to the next. I tried a couple of different icings this year to switch things up and ended up with a pomegranate icing and a cinnamon clementine icing. OMG! Are these good! Especially the cinnamon clementine icing. It keeps these sugar cookies humble, but also noticeable enough that you totally go back for seconds just to get that spicy cinnamon taste mixed with the tangy clementine and sweet sweet cookie.

Here's my recipe (it belonged to one of the great grandma's on mine or chad's side - I don't actually remember):

3/4 cup shortening (at room temperature)      Directions:
1 cup sugar                                                     Preheat oven to 350 F.
2 eggs                                                             Mix everything in the order given. Cover and chill the 
1 tsp vanilla                                                    dough for 1 hour. Roll the dough out to 1/4 " thick on a 
2 1/2 cups flour                                              well floured surface. 
1 tsp baking powder                                      Cut out cookies with your favourite cookie cutters and 
1 tsp salt                                                         bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 6-8 
                                                                       min. Move to a cooling rack before decorating.

What your dough should look like after mixing your ingredients.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour in the fridge before rolling out.

I split my dough in half so it's easier to work with when rolling it out to 1/4" thick.

I found these little cutters at the end of last season, but here are some similar ones.

I tried cutting out the little stars on some of the angels to see how it would turn out. 

I tried out a couple different icing combinations to see how they would turn out. The flavours I tried were clementine and cinnamon, pomegranate, and mint. I ended up not using the mint because the flavour didn't go well with the sugar cookies.

Clementine cinnamon icing:                                 Pomegranate icing:                 Mint icing:
2 clementines juiced                                             1/2 a pomegranate juiced        2-3 drops mint extract
1 tbsp or more cinnamon (depending on taste)     Icing sugar                              Icing sugar
Icing sugar                                                                                                            Water 

Add as much icing sugar to the clementine or pomegranate juice as you'd like until the icing reaches a thick, but still somewhat runny consistency for easy decorating. The trick is that you want it to go on the cookies easy and then harden up before it runs off the side of the cookie onto the tray. Add a little water if you feel that the icing is getting too thick.

I also had some shimmery decorating powder that I dusted onto the iced cookies while the icing was still wet. 

If you have a particularly good sugar cookie recipe please feel free to share it with us. I always love trying new cookie recipes.


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