This is the best and easiest recipe that I have done so far for cut-out cookies. I am not sure is it also because experience counts, hee. Cos it is so easy and effortless, at least in my opinion. The taste wise, it is quite good too, considering the usual cut-out cookies that doesn't crumble easily will usually be hard like stone. This still has a crunchy texture and good for icing decorations. Do note that the cookies do puff up a little bit.
I forget to credit the recipe creater, its taken off from Cookie Madness. I reduced the sugar amount.
380g plain flour
1tsp baking powder
230g butter, room temperature
1/2tsp salt (omit salt if you are using salted butter)
1tsp vanilla extract
1. Combined flour and baking powder together.
2. Beat butter and sugar with mixer until light and fluffy
3. Add in salt and vanilla. Follow by egg, beat till just combined.
4. Add in the flour gradually and stir until incorporated, dought is formed.
5. This is what I would usually do. Scoop the dough onto parchment paper, cover with another layer of parchment paper on top. Use a rolling pin to roll to 1cm thickness, with the dough in between the parchment paper.Then put in fridge for about 1/2 hour.
(you can separate into 2-3 batches, so when you are cutting out the dough, it will not turn soft so fast.)
6. Remove from fridge, take out the top layer of parchment and cut out desired shapes.
7. Lay the cut-out dough on baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in preheat oven 180 degree, for 10 mins or till the sides are turning golden brown.
8. Remove from oven, leave it in the tray for 5-10mins before transfering to rack to cool completely.