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    filed under: Sugar Cookies on November 10, 2014

    As a baker there are two things that I value greatly:

    1. Time

    2. Quality ingredients

    Holiday Cookies!

    Sometimes, as much as it pains me, I have to set certain recipes off to the side because of the time involved.  This is never a fun choice because we all know that the care put into a recipe is often a direct correlation to the quality and flavor of that recipe.  I mean, cake mix cookies are fine in a pinch, but having a chocolate chip cookie from quality ingredients that took 48 hours to prepare is a magical thing.

    Sugar cookies is one of those recipes that benefits greatly from ‘rest’.  Chilling in the fridge (anywhere from one hour to overnight!) is a line that is in practically every roll-out sugar cookie recipe.

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

    I recently tried a new (to me) product in the world of baking.  It is called Wondra® and is from the folks over at Gold Medal Flour.

    Wondra® Quick Mixing Flour has always been known as your go-to flour for extra- creamy, lump-free gravies and ultra-flaky and crispy pie crusts. Its lightness and easy mixing qualities have made it perfect as the dredging flour for fish and poultry. But new research behind the product has revealed a hidden quality that will take this product from the unsung hero of the kitchen to the holiday baking tool that everyone is talking about!

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

    No chilling. No refrigerator time.  No down time.

    Immediate sugar cookie gratification.

    I decided to try it.  I prepared my dough with all room temperature ingredients and looked at it on my counter.

    It took everything in me not to wrap it up and put it in the fridge!  But I didn’t.

    I rolled it out immediately and started punching out cookies.  I put those un-chilled cookies right into the oven and backed away slowly, expecting the impending doom of unrecognizable blobs of crispy browned sugar cookie dough.

    But… it didn’t happen.  They baked up beautifully!  The flavor and consistency was just like my go-to sugar cookie recipe.  And they held their shape quite quite well!

    This product is nothing short of revolutionary for sugar cookie artists!

    sugar cookies with wondra

    Holiday Sugar Cookies!

        Ingredients

        • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
        • 1 c butter, softened
        • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
        • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
        • 1 egg
        • 2 1/2 c Wondra Quick-Mixing Flour
        • 1 tsp. baking soda
        • 1 tsp. cream of tartar

        Instructions

        1. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients.
        2. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. (or prepare as you prefer)
        3. Divide dough in half. Roll out first half 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured (with Wondra!) surface. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
        4. Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on wire rack.

        To make the sugar cookie sandwiches in this post, I used a very small cookie cutter and cut out the tree image before baking.

        Christmas Sugar Cookies!

        After baking allow cookies to cool slightly and sprinkle the cookies (with tree cut out) with sanding sugar or dusting powder. (I used red and green)

        Place a solid cookie face down, fill with about 1 tablespoon of buttercream, then place cut out tree cookie on top.

        You now have a perfectly festive, quick, easy and delicious Holiday Sugar Cookie Sandwich!

        Holiday Sugar Cookies!

        A few tips before using Wondra®:

        Do not expect it to look and feel exactly like your traditional all-purpose flour.  Do expect it to work the same, if not better.

        Do not be alarmed if your cookie “puffs up” while baking.  Do smile brightly when you remove it from the oven with it’s shape perfectly in tact.

        Do not expect it to taste different.  Do expect it to taste delicious.

        Do not waste one more second waiting on chilling dough or sticky dough or cookies that taste stale in 2 days.  Do use Wondra® and roll out beautiful dough that stays fresh longer!

        This post brought to you by Gold Medal Flour and myself.  All recipe testing, opinions and images are my own.

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        Comments

        where have I been, I’ve never even heard of wondra, now if only I can make my cookies look as beautiful as yours

        These cookies are gorgeous, Amanda! I have never heard of Wondra before but I definitely want to look for it now! It sounds amazing and would be a big life saver for everyone that is planning out their Christmas cookie exchange. I love how pretty and festive you decorated these too 🙂 Pinning!

        These are absolutely stunning! What a perfect Christmas cookie 🙂

        Wow!! That”s amazing!!! Beautiful cookies!!!

        Amanda!!! I LOVE these cookies!!! Puts me in the holiday spirit just seeing these. . I love it!!! and yes to quality ingredients, woot woot!!

        These look amazing and sound easy…. about how many single cookies would this recipe make?

        I love these sugar cookies for the holidays! So awesome!

        Whoa. I can’t wait to try Wondra. That is like a dream come true! I’m so with you on time, there just isn’t enough, and most of the time I find myself having to stick to the quick recipes, because I have little windows of time and that whole chilling the dough thing – while so easy, feels almost impossible to make work. Having just had some cookies flop yesterday because I didn’t take the time to chill the dough (and their pretty scalloped edges – gone), I really am excited about this product. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing, and gorgeous cookies and pics, as always!

        Such pretty festive cookies!! I’m so excited for all things Christmas! 🙂

        Beautiful cookies. Can you please share where I can read more about Wondra and see what it looks like. There is no link to it within this post. Thank you.

          Wondra is found in most grocery stores in the USA. 🙂

            I guess I’ll google it, as your link does not work. I wanted to read about it and see what it looks like so I know what to look for in the store, as I don’t recall ever seeing it.

              That was the link supplied to me by Gold Medal Flour. If you want to see the consistency of it, the best bet is to get some. It is hard to see flour consistency in a picture.

        Hey Amanda, when I hover over the red link “Wondra, Quick Mixing Flour” (located in the next paragraph beneath your second cookie photo) the preview link shown does not to to a Gold Medal flour page, but to one within your domain, and when clicked on, it results in a 404 error. Could this be the issue Brenda is having?

        Here is the amazon link.. so she knows what the can looks like http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Medal-Wondra-Flour-13-5/dp/B0005ZGQJO I usually find it with the cornstarch in my grocery store — I’ve never seen it in a bag with the flour section, just in the baking section near the cornstarch.

        I remember many years ago finding wondra and the amazing gravy, white gravy and sauces I used it for. I have made biscuits with it as well. I didnt think about using it for cookies. I am trying your recipe today. Wondra is a great product and I can’t wait to find more recipes to use it in. Also, how many single cookies does this recipe make?

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