I hope you are enjoying Christmas Cookies Week as much as I am! So many great recipes being shared, my holiday baking list is getting bigger by the minute! Another find from Gram's recipe box today, classic checkerboard cookies, but I put a bit of a Christmas spin on them.
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The recipe calls for superfine sugar, but if you can't get it don't worry about it. You can just pulse 1 cup of granulated sugar in the food processor until it's fine and then measure out the amount needed. I chose to tint the vanilla dough with green food coloring to make the cookies a bit more festive.
It's a little fidgety getting the 2 colors of dough to make the pattern, but it looks beautiful in the end. I decorated mine with a red "ribbon" so that they resembled wrapped gifts. The base cookie isn't super sweet so the icing just gives it that little extra something.
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- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 3/4c superfine sugar
- 1 teaspoon Adams Extract & Spice Vanilla
- Green food coloring, if desired
- 2 eggs
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon milk
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- Decorating icing (optional)
- Divide butter and sugar between two bowls (6 tablespoons butter and 6 tablespoons sugar in each). To make the vanilla dough, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add one egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, plus food coloring, if desired. Sift 2 1/4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder into bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon and then turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
- For the chocolate dough, in the second bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon milk. Sift in 2 1/4 cups flour, cocoa, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix with wooden spoon, turn out to work by hand until a smooth dough forms.
- Divide each dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured surface roll each piece into a rope about 12" long. Place a chocolate rope and a vanilla rope side by side. On top of the chocolate rope place a vanilla rope, and on top of the vanilla place a chocolate.
- Press against the counter on all 4 sides to form a square. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Repeat with the remaining ropes. Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment. Cut each dough into 12 slices (I used a pastry scraper). Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on sheets 1 minute and then move to rack to cool completely.
- If desired, pipe icing onto cookies following the checkerboard lines, and then make loops to resemble a bow. Let set for 4 hours. Store in an airtight container.
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