Thursday, December 1, 2011

Always start with Dessert! French Cinnamon Butter Cookies

Is a motto we live by very seriously, here at The Gourmet Pantry! So for our first "December Clean the Pantry month" recipe we present to you.....drum rolls......French Cinnamon Butter Cookies. These are buttery and crunchy yet velvety. Popularly known as Sables, it's the easier version of a Shortbread Cookie.

Ridiculously easy and viciously delicious! You're welcome!

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (more if you prefer)

In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until nice a fluffy. For all you fancy cooks with Kitchen Aid mixers, this cannot get any easier!

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat just until incorporated. Do not over mix the dough

Wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm

Scoop out a tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet (non-stick or parchment lined). With the back of a spoon, slight flatten the dough and top with powdered cinnamon (Nutmeg is another great option too!)

Bake cookies in a 350 degrees oven for about 12-15 minutes (depending on size of cookie) or until golden brown around the edges

Remove from oven and let the cookies cool on a rack. Enjoy with a delicious cup of tea or glass of milk

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