A favorite holiday tradition of mine is baking cookies for friends and family! But, after starting our new company Padibbles, and my sweet Chef hubbie working like crazy at the holidays, you'd think this tradition would be scraped for the season!
The "King of Christmas" (aka: my Chef hubbie) wouldn't have it any other way! So, last week, as soon as he & I arrived home from a long day at work, we baked cookies 3 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday! Why? Well keep reading friend, and you'll see why we held a cookie marathon!
First, you need the perfect sugar cookie recipe! Your recipe has to produce an easy, fast, dough and a melt-in-your-mouth cookie with no leavening ingredients. (Leavening messes up the cookie's shape as it bakes in the oven.)
Here's my recipe (requested over and over). I take no responsibility for the 5 lbs you will gain!
3 oz. pkg cream cheese, softened/room temperature
½ cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. freshly grated/zested orange peel
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
1 ½ cups flour (we like King Arthur A/P for this)
½ tsp salt