Thursday, December 18

Cinnamon Mascarpone Cutout Cookies


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
Ingredients:
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
Directions:

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)

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16 comments:

  1. I'm pretty much a mascarpone sneak. I buy it for a recipe and sneak little spoonfuls out of the tub all night. Is that gross? haha. These cookies look SO good! And a nice change from typical Christmas cookies :)

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    1. I buy it all the time for dessert baking... and somehow it disappears before I get to use it! I dip everything in it.

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  2. These sound amaze.balls. I'll take all 36.

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    1. You'll have to fight me for all 36 ;)

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  3. cinnamon and mascarpone - YUM! I do not like frosting either, so these are perfect for me

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    1. Yay for naked cookies! They are so good on their own, why frosting them up?

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  4. I love everything about these cookies!!!

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  5. mmm I love creamy mascarpone. your cookies are precious! almost too cute to eat

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    1. Thanks so much Mary! I love creamy mascarpone too!

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  6. Cookie nudist. lol. These little guys are adorable Carrie!

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  7. So sweet, love that simple ingredients come together to make a delicious treat!

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  8. Oh mascarpone cookies sound like just what I need right now! Who needs frosting when you have mascarpone!

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  9. The pictures are too cute!!! I hope your Christmas if going to be awesome girl!

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