23 Jan 2010

basic cut out cookies

I've been trying to find the basic cut out cookies I made at school a few years ago. The recipe was so easy, that the teacher didn't give us a handout of the recipe as it was written up on the chalk board. I tried asking a friend from school, but he really helpful as he told me to mix up a bunch of ingredients together without any measurements... When the new school year starts, I'm going to ask for the same recipe :)

As a substitution, I made cut out cookies using HHB's recipe. Hers is much tastier, crunchier and looks better than mine, however takes more time than the one I used at school. I was thinking of frosting these, but I changed my mind. I like it plain and not so sweet.

basic cut out cookies
adapted from HHB's pooh and piglet cut out cookies
later edited by me

150 degrees Celsius
fan forced

makes approximately 35
  • 100 grams unsalted butter
  • 80 grams sugar
    (it's more crunchy that using caster, I think)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 180 grams plain flour, sifted
  • 20 grams corn flour, sifted
  • water, if necessary
1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the egg yolk and mix well.

2. Add in the sifted flour and mix to form a dough. If the mixture is dry, add in water until you get a pliable dough. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Lightly flour a working surface, rolling pin and cookie cutter. Roll the dough until it's 0.5 cm thick. Cut dough with a cookie cutter.
Note: I re-rolled my dough 3-4 times. I had no problem with hard cookies.

4. Gently lift the cut out cookies with a flat bladed knife and move to a lined baking tray.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
As I took them out from my oven, my sister and I engaged in the following conversation:
Sister: Are they cooked? They look so white.
Grub: Yeah they are, why?
Sister: I want them burnt!!
Grub: ...
- Transferring the biscuits from baking tray to cooling rack -
Sister: (checks the bottom of the biscuits) Dang! They're not burnt!
What a nice sister...