Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tex - Mex Sugar and Spice Cookies

If it begins with "Tex - Mex" believe me it's got to be good y'all!

What you'll need:
Some fun Texas Cookie Cutters, the shape of Texas, Cactus, Coyotes, JalapeƱos ....etc.
Sheet Pans lined with Parchment Paper.

1/4 C Sugar
1 TBS Cinnamon
1 Stick (8 TBS) Butter, softened
3/4 C Granulated Sugar
1 Egg + 1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp Vanilla
1 2/3 C all purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Clove
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

In a small bowl, whisk together:
1/4 C  Granulated Sugar mixed with 1 TBS of Cinnamon for dusting the cookies just before they're baked. I sometimes add a pinch of additional Cayenne to kick up the heat!

In a Stand Mixer with a Paddle Attachment:
3/4 C of the Sugar.
Beat for 5 minutes, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
Egg and Egg Yolk one at a time.
Beat until just incorporated.
Add the Vanilla and continue beating on low until creamy.

In another bowl, sift together:
Baking Soda
Cayenne Pepper
Sift twice.

Gradually add the Flour mixture to the bowl of the mixer with the wet ingredients.

On a floured Surface:
Roll out the dough to 1/2" thickness.
Cut out the various shapes of cookies.

Sprinkle each cookie with a dusting of the Cinnamon / Sugar mixture.
Place on the prepared sheet pan and bake at 375 degrees for 5 - 7 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes .
Transfer the cookies to the cooling rack and cool completely

Peace in the Kitchen!

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