Crew’s Cookies (by Joanna Gaines)
Sure, it’s filled with delicious dinner ideas, but Joanna Gaines’s second cookbook, Magnolia Table, Volume 2, also offers a surprising glimpse into her personal life. Many of the dishes are inspired (and already well loved) by her family, like this recipe for Crew’s cookies, named after her son.
“Crew tagged along for the final recipe tasting for this book,” Gaines writes, “and when these cookies hit the table, he had more than his fair share. This cookie has such a classic flavor that it makes for a really versatile treat—one that can be served as a simple dessert or an afternoon snack for the kids.”
Good thing this recipe makes three dozen cookies. Our cravings are fierce.
From Magnolia Table, Volume 2 by Joanna Gaines. Copyright © 2020 by Joanna Gaines. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
½ to ¾ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Make the Cookies: Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium-high until well incorporated, about 30 seconds.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until all the ingredients come together; a dough should form on the paddle and not stick to the side of the bowl.
3. Place the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll into a sheet about ¼-inch thick. Remove the top parchment sheet and use a 2-inch fluted round cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as possible, leaving them in place. Gently peel off as much of the excess dough from between the cutout cookies as you can.
4. Carefully transfer the cut dough on the parchment to a baking sheet by gently sliding the parchment onto the baking sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. This will firm up the dough and help you remove any remaining excess dough. Reroll the dough scraps and cut out more cookies.
5. Bake one baking sheet at a time until the edges of the cookies are slightly golden, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet front to back halfway through the baking time. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing, about 30 minutes.
6. Make the Glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, ½ cup of the cream and the vanilla. Mix in the remaining cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze is the consistency of glue. (Drizzle a spoonful of the glaze back into the bowl and it should hold a ribbon for about 10 seconds before melting into itself.)
7. Transfer the glaze to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip or a heavy-duty zip-top bag with the corner snipped off. Pipe the glaze in a spiral on each cookie, starting in the middle and leaving a ¼-inch border around the edges. Use a toothpick to smooth the glaze, if needed. Let stand until the glaze hardens, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Note: Baking chilled cookies helps maintain the perfect shape of Crew’s cookies.