Little Sugar Biscuits

8 Feb

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How can such a simple list of ingredients be so good?  These little sugar biscuits are absolutely addictive!  I had originally planned to make these ahead and have them ready for Superbowl, but it definitely did not work out that way!  Once they cooled and I dipped them in the glaze, I told the kids they could each try just one.  One turned into the whole plate before all was said and done (and I was just as guilty as they were).  So simple, so delicious! They would be the perfect addition to a bridal tea or wedding shower, they’d be good for breakfast or as an after school snack, or just to have on hand to eat any time of the year!

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

5 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks butter (not margarine) cold and cut into pieces

1 1/4 cups heavy cream (plus a little more if needed)

5 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

dash of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

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Add the cold butter which has been cut into pieces.IMG_1782_1

Using a pastry blender (or a fork), cut the butter into the flour until it is well incorporated and the mixture looks like coarse crumb, like the picture below.

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Pour in the heavy cream, stirring gently until moisture is evenly distributed throughout and mixture begins to form into a ball.IMG_1786_1

You will probably need to gather it up with your hand at this point, and press it together into a ball.  You may add additional cream if needed so it’s not too crumbly and will hold together into a ball.IMG_1787_1
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Place it out on a floured surface and sprinkle a little flour on the top.

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Flatten it out a little with your hand, just enough to get a nice mostly circular shape.
IMG_1791_1 Gently roll out with a rolling pin until the biscuit dough is about 1 inch thick.IMG_1792_1 IMG_1793_1

I used a very small round cookie cutter, probably about 1 inch across.  You can use whatever size you prefer.  Cut them out as closely together as you can, then reshape the scraps and pat out again to use up all the dough.IMG_1797_1

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Place them about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or so until barely golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks.  Once they’ve cooled completely, make the glaze by placing the powdered sugar in a bowl and stir in the 1/2 cup milk and the vanilla.

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Dip the cooled biscuits one at a time into the glaze, flipping over to coat  all sides, then place them on wire racks to drip and dry.

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IMG_1832_1When completely dry, store in an airtight container.  They will store for several days, but you probably won’t have any left to store!
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