The other day when I had my big bake off with Cheese baking and Star and dots cupcakes one of the other things I made was some delicious sugar cookies. This recipe completely surprised me and turned out even better than I thought it would.
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 slab of milk chocolate
Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well mixed. On a low speed, slowly blend the flour mixture into the butter-sugar mixture. Mix until evenly incorporated.
Wrap the dough completely in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour, or until it is firm enough to roll out.
Lightly flour a work surface, place the dough on the surface and lightly flour the dough, as well as the rolling pin. Roll out dough to be about ¼cm in thickness.
Using a cookie cutter, cut out the shapes you want.
Bake cookies for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the edges and pale to light brown in the centers.
Let them cool on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Melt the chocolate and spread on the inside of the cookies and stick together.