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    Nigella Lawson's Cut-Out Cookies

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 27 mins

    1 hrs 15 mins

    12 mins

    Flowerfairy's Note:

    These cookies have a melting, buttery texture and hold their shape very well while baking. The dough freezes well so you can make a double batch and wrap some dough in clingfilm to stash in the freezer. I like them best without icing. The recipe is from Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'.

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 10-15

    Yield:

    cookies

    Units: US | Metric

    For the cookies

    For the icing

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 180°C.
    2. 2
      Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and moving towards moussiness, then beat in the egg and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely. If you think the finished mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough tough. Form into a fat disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
    3. 3
      Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place disk of dough on it, and sprinkle a little more flour on top of that. Then roll it out to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, and place the cookies a little apart on 2 parchment or silpat lined baking sheets.
    4. 4
      Bake for 8 to 12 minutes; obviously it depends on the shape you're using and whether they are on the upper or lower shelf, though you can swap them around after about 5 minutes. When they're ready expect them to be tinged a pronounced gold around the edges; they'll be softish still in the middle, but set while they cool.
    5. 5
      Remove the cookies with a flat, preferably flexible, spatula to a wire rack. When they are fully cooled, you can get on with the icing. Put a couple of tablespoons of not-quite-boiling water into a large bowl, add the sieved confectioners sugar and mix together, adding more water as you need to form a thick paste. Color,as desired. Nigella thinks pastes are much better than liquid, not just because the range of colors is better but because they don't dilute the icing as they tint. Ice cooled cookies, as desired.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 12, 2011

      55

      These cookies are perfect! They're tasty and light but hold their shape when baking and are perfect for icing. I made these for my daughter's superhero birthday party and the kids loved them.

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    Nutritional Facts for Nigella Lawson's Cut-Out Cookies

    Serving Size: 1 (63 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 370.6
     
    Calories from Fat 71
    19%
    Total Fat 7.9 g
    12%
    Saturated Fat 4.8 g
    24%
    Cholesterol 37.9 mg
    12%
    Sodium 144.0 mg
    6%
    Total Carbohydrate 73.2 g
    24%
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    2%
    Sugars 57.0 g
    228%
    Protein 2.7 g
    5%

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