Cookie Break with the Cake Boss

By SMW Staff

sugar cookiesCake Boss star Buddy Valastro may be busy baking up a storm at his family run bakery Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken New Jersey where cookies are a hot item, but that doesn’t meant that he wont be doing more baking at home this holiday season.

“It’s Italian tradition to bake cookies the week of Christmas and then enjoy them all week long,” he said. While Buddy and his family mix it up making everything from traditional Italian most accioli and fig-stuffed cookies to chocolate dipped cookies, Buddy says that the most fun comes from baking with his kids.

“Kids can have a lot of fun with some icing and cookies. The little ones can take candies and add them into the raw doe and older kids can decorate the cookies after they are baked. When I was a kid, I would cut out the different shapes for them. I think it is good to pass those kinds of family traditions down.”

Buddy says a basic sugar cookie is easy to make and suggests experimenting with that one recipe. Add green and red M&Ms or colored sugar into the batter or on the cookies before baking or add a few drips of food coloring to the dough to create a holiday hue. Adding sprinkles and using cookie cutters can really take the cookies to the next level, too.

“In the bakery, we do some Christmas tree cookies which we decorate, and over the years [they] have become very popular sellers.” All you need is a bit of creativity and some icing.

Buddy also says to underestimate the cooking time on the cookies and check them a bit before the baking time suggests, just to be on the safe side. “You can keep cooking a gooey butter cookie, but you won’t be able to salvage a scorched one.”

You got it, boss!

The Cake Boss Sugar Cookie Recipe

Makes about 3 dozen-2 1/2 inch

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine flour and salt in bowl. Beat butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, almond extract, and vanilla. Gradually beat in dry ingredients. Wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Roll out and using cookie cutters, cut out your shapes. If you are decorating with candy like M&Ms or colored sugar, add it now.
  4. Bake 8 to 9 minutes, until edges are golden. Cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Once cool, decorate with royal icing.

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