Ye gods, I actually made a new recipe and posted it within twenty four hours. This is kinda new. ūüėõ

I basically spent last evening listening to the Los Campesinos! Christmas EP that they released last year, watching the snow outside, and making these (and one other thing I’ll be posting today). I haven’t felt all seasonal like this in years, and ngl, it’s a real welcome feeling right now.

And these may be my new default sugar cookie recipe. The Chinese five-spice powder adds a lovely twist to the standard sugar cookie recipe. (And using my few cookie cutters reminds me I need to get more from that place.)

Chinese Five-Spice Sugar Cookies
Makes appx 20ish cookies

Ingredients

  • 1.25 c flour
  • 2.5 t Chinese five-spice powder
  • pinch salt
  • .5 c sugar
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 large egg at room temp
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Whisk together the flour, Chinese five-spice powder, and salt in a bowl, until combined completely (pic 1). Using your mixer (sweet sweet stand mixer here), beat the butter and sugar together until creamed, and then add your egg and vanilla extract and mix until it’s good and fluffy (pic 2). Then, slowly add your flour in (pic 3), and mix until everything is just barely incorporated (pic 4).

Then, shape the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic (pic 5, I didn’t have my normal plastic wrap on me), and refrigerate for about an hour.

When you’re ready to make your cookies, heat the oven to 375. Take your dough out of the fridge, unwrap it, and roll it out to .25 inch thickness (pic 6). (The recipe recommends sticking it in the freezer at this point for five minutes to firm it slightly; I did not do this, but did put the dough in the freezer between batches to refirm it, as the dough does go soft quickly at room temp.)

Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookies, and place them on the baking sheet (pic 7). Reroll the leftover dough and repeat until you have enough cookies to fill a baking sheet. (You will be doing this in two batches or so, minimum.)  Bake for 13 minutes, until golden brown on the edges (pic 8). Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool, and then enjoy with a nice glass of milk.

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Doo we doooooooo!  Doooooo do doooooo!  Alternatively, VWORP!  VWORP!

If you’re a fan of the Doctor like me, that attempt at vocalizations may have set off something of a pavlovian reaction that involved fezes, bow ties, uncontrollable sobbing, searching for a blue police box that had a mad man in it. ¬†It’s okay. ¬†We’re all suffering Doctor Withdrawal/Impending Regeneration Syndrome until November. ¬†These cookies will help.

I got the cutter from WarpZone Prints, and it is available for purchase, along with some other amazing fandom cutters. ¬†But, unless you get a rush order, please be aware that there may be a week-plus backlog when you order. ¬†And just be sure to give the cutters a good run through the dishwasher first, and they’ll be ready to go (I had tried this recipe prior, but it didn’t quite turn out.)

Try not to eat them all at once. ¬†It’s hard, I know. ¬†

TARDIS Blue Sugar Cookies
Full batch makes something like 3 doz cookies, minimum

Ingredients

  • 2.5 sticks butter at room temp
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and with seeds scraped out (I recommend using a chopstick to get the maximum amount of seeds out)
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2.5 c flour
  • .5 t baking powder
  • .5 t salt
  • 3-4 drops blue food coloring (you may want more for a more TARDIS blue)

Cream your butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, and then add your egg, and then your vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract, and beat until just barely combined.  In a separate bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt, and then slowly add it to the dough, until fully combined.  Add your food coloring, and mix until the dough is uniformly blue. Then, split your dough into two pieces, and wrap in plastic wrap and flatten till you have a disc about an inch thick.  Put them in the fridge for at least four hours (I went overnight). 

Whenever you’re ready to bake them, heat your oven to 350 (I did 325, bc my fucking oven), and roll out the dough (I used tin foil, but plastic wrap and parchment paper are way more recommended) and use your cutout to make your cookies! ¬†Ball and roll up the dough until you run out of dough to use for cookies. ¬†Bake for 10 to 17 mins depending on how thick your cookies are, and whether or not you throw your cut out cookies into the fridge before putting them into the oven.

And then, try not to eat them all while sobbing over the latest eps.  Also note that you can withhold the blue food coloring to have a pretty damn good sugar cookie recipe besides.