Life is at its best when the very simple pleasures it brings can be savored and enjoyed with unrepentant gluttony. A waffle cone filled with gelato on a hot summer day, warm apple pie served with cream as you snuggle up under a blanket and watch Downtown Abbey, freshly made cinnamon butter cookies to dunk in your morning espresso on a Sunday…Happiness is made of those brief, stolen moment of pure indulgence and I love nothing more than to allow myself the occasional treat when I most crave it. Are you with me?
INGREDIENTS, makes 12-16
100 gr (3/4 cups) icing sugar, plus more for dusting
150 gr (2/3 cups) of soft butter
150 gr (1 cup and 1/3) of self raising flour, 100 gr (3/4 cup) of plain flour
1 tablespoon of corn starch
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or paste
2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1-2 tablespoon of milk (optional)
1. Work the icing sugar and butter together until creamy and smooth (you can do it by hand or using a standing mixer)
2. When the mixture is creamy, add the flour, 1 table-spoon of corn starch, a teaspoon of vanilla paste and the cinnamon. If the dough is too dry, add 1-2 tablespoon of milk.
3. The cookie dough will look and feel sticky. Use a spatula to scrape it onto a sheet of baking paper. Roll it up in the shape of a sausage and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
4. Once it’s rested and feels firm, slice it up and place the biscuits on an oven tray, dust them with a little icing sugar and then put them back in the fridge for 10 minutes.