Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
Found this on the William-Sonoma web site and they are so cute and look pretty easy think the DGSs will really like them. So decided to put the recipe here for safe keeping until the cookie cutters I've ordered arrive and I can make them. I think these will be fun and most recipes I get from William Sonoma taste great so hope these do to. Prep time does not include refrigeration or cooling time. I've guessed at the serving amount as the number of cookies will depend on the size of your cutters. Mine are a little larger than regular animal crackers. Finally made these and it was enjoyed by everyone, not just the kids. I think the fresh grated nutmeg is a must as it adds just that little bit of mystery to the taste that has folks asking "what is that flavor" I'm thinking they might even be good dipped in chocolate!
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
- 1⁄2 teaspoon mace
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Over small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and mace, set aside.
- In bowl of electric mixer beat butter on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Reduce the speed to medium, slowly add sugar and beat for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minute, again stopping once to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Stop the mixer and add half of the flour mixture.
- eat on low speed until most of the flour has been absorbed.
- Add remaining flour and beat until all of the flour has been absorbed and dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, 2-3 minutes.
- Turn dough out onto a work surface and divide into 2 equal balls. Shape eacy into a disk and wrap separately in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
- Let the dough stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Place each dough disk between 2 clean, large pieces of plastic wrap.
- Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness (If dough cracks while rolling, let it stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes) Remove plastic wrap and place the dough on a floured work surface. Lightly dust the top of dough with flour.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Dip cookie cutters (I have circus animal shapes) into flour just before using and cut out the shapes.
- Bake cookies until very light golden brown, 14-16 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and alow to cool to room temperature.
They cookies came out perfect and the taste delicious and preatty. The consistence was just what we need for cutout cookies!<br/>I really love the idea to use macis for this, I never used this spice in this way.<br/>I offered this to my family, they are too tempting and we will not wait until Christmas!<br/>Thanks a lot for this recipe!
Note: The dough can not be rolled after only a few minutes, deffinitly took over 10 minutes. It was an awesome dough to cookie cut on the bright side! The flavor and texture was closer to a crunchy sugar cookie.It tastes fine, just not an animal cracker.
This is a fantastic recipe! I found the animal shaped cookie cutters on King Arthur's website, and this is the first recipe I tried with them. Not disappointed in the least! The dough was easy to work with, and my 2 and 6 year old girls loved to help out. I did not have mace on hand, so I substituted allspice. Used turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw) instead of regular white sugar by personal preference. The cookies turned out so well that they didn't last very long in our house. Husband liked them too. So if you're looking for a fun year-round baking project to do with kids, this is a good one. This also makes a good school lunchbox item for those of you looking to get away from pre-packaged foods in favor of DIY snacks.