Saturday, January 11, 2014

em + the kitchen - confetti cookies.

Is there a better way to start the New Year than with cookies?
How about cookies that look like a party waiting to happen in your mouth?

Even as I get older, I still love sprinkles.
Sprinkles are the party animal of the food world. They're the confection that dances like nobody's watching. The sweet that drags you out for a night out even when you just wanted to stay home on the couch and catch up on Sons of Anarchy. Er...


These cookies are made with both vanilla and almond extracts to emulate the taste of cake batter without actually using a box mix. They're soft and chewy and perfectly sugary.
Bring these to your next party and you will not regret it.

Confetti Cookies
(recipe from Averie Cooks)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons clear imitation vanilla extract (real vanilla extract may be substituted)
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup sprinkles (jimmies)

Combine the butter, sugar, egg, and extracts and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed - about 5 to 7 minutes. Do not rush this step!
Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt (if using) and mix until just combined.
Fold in the sprinkles by hand.
Now, either scoop the dough into 2-tbsp mounds and chill that way or refrigerate the whole bowl of dough and scoop out once chilled for at least 2 hours.
--Side note: even if the recipe doesn't call for it, I always chill my cookie dough. The cookies spread less this way and make thicker, chewier cookies.

Once dough has chilled for at least a few hours, preheat oven to 350* and bake for 8 minutes.
Cookies may look underdone at this point, but let them cool for at least 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to cool on a wire rack.

What fun treats have you made to start the new year off right?

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