For a food blogger that primarily blogs sweets, I am seriously lacking in the cookie department. Sure I have dozens of great cookie recipes here on my blog, but nothing compared to some of my blogging friends.
This time of year, cookies seem to be the highlight. So I figured I better fix my little cookie problem, and come up with some fun new recipes to share with you guys before Christmas is over (in 6 days.....)
Cutout cookies are my favorite, I love any form of butter or sugar cookie on the planet. However, I like my cookies naked. I prefer not to have them covered in sprinkles or frosting. They are great as is. This particular recipe is now one of my favorites. They are just slightly sweet, a touch of cinnamon and they melt in your mouth. Perfect to pair with frosting if that is your thing, but if you are cookie nudist like myself enjoy them all on their own.
Cinnamon Mascarpone Cutout Cookies
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (extra if needed)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter
6 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
In a mixing bowl sift flour, salt and cinnamon together. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment cream sugar together with egg yolk, shortening, butter, and mascarpone.
Mix in vanilla extract.
Mix in flour mixture until it comes together as a dough. It should be just barely sticky to the touch. If too sticky, add in more flour.
Cover bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375.
Divide dough in half and roll each portion out on a well floured surface until it is about 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick.
Cut using desired cookie shapes, re-roll scraps and repeat process.
Place cookies on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for about 7 minutes, or until the bottoms start to become a light golden color. Bake times may vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter and how thick you rolled the dough.
Allow cookies to cool before decorating.
(yields about 3 dozen depending on your cookie shapes and thickness)