As I stated previously, I collected many fall leaves in perfecting the realism of my crochet leaf pattern. The colors, smells and sounds of Fall just put me in the mood to bake and when I was able to snag a great deal on the last leaf cookie cutter at the craft store I was off to the kitchen! I have a sugar cookie recipe that I found years ago that does not require chilling which is good because I never did have the patience to wait until I could bake them.
No chill sugar cookies:
1 cup butter softened 1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder 1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla 2 3/4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add baking powder and flour one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough will be very stiff; blend last of flour in by hand. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball in a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/8″ thick. Dip cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookie on ungreased cookie sheet on top rack of or for 6 – 7 minutes, or until cookies are lightly brown.
For chocolate cookies stir in 3 oz. melted, unsweetened chocolate (if dough becomes too stiff, add water a teaspoon at a time) You can also tint dough with paste icing color. I added a simple confectioner sugar glaze to some and others got a maple topping.