Recipe Find: Cut-out sugar cookies do not require cooling

Reader loves way dough rolls out

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, in case she wants to make some heart-shaped ones, Melissa Urry has the recipe she needs to make cut-out cookies.

Urry wrote, “Love the column. Amazing what you can find, so I'm hoping you can find this one. I've been looking for 10-plus years.

“I had a recipe for cut-out sugar cookies that did not have to be cooled at all!

“It made amazingly easy dough that rolled out so beautifully.

“The cookies were soft just like the 'grocery store bakery' ones with the frosting.

“The ingredients were nothing unusual, so I'm surprised I can't find anything on the Internet like this. And I even submitted it to a school bake book and Girl Scout troop cookbook. It's frustrating to have it just disappear!

“I hope you can help!”

I think I have the recipe Urry wants. In 2001, I wrote an article on Penny McConnell, owner of Penny's Pastries in Austin, who shared her popular sugar-cookie secrets and recipe for a no-chill dough.

Among her rules for great cookies: Use top-quality ingredients. “For McConnell, that means butter — not margarine — heavy whipping cream, unbleached flour and vanilla and almond extracts — no imitation flavorings, please,” I wrote.

“McConnell referred to her recipe as a 'formula' that's 'truly your friend'” because unlike most cut-out cookie dough, McConnell's doesn't have to be refrigerated before the shapes are cut out.

McConnell got the base of the recipe from an old Wilton cookbook or magazine but added extra flavorings and butter.

“It's a really forgiving dough. The only thing you can do wrong is over- or under-cream it,” she said.

Make sure the butter is at room temperature (not softened in the microwave) and incorporate the butter and sugar, not cream it, at low speed.

“Cookie dough should be heavy, like shortbread. Don't over-cream it. You don't want to add too much air to the mix.”

You also can use a hand mixer or wooden spoon to make the dough.

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I searched online and could no longer find McConnell's bakery but I did find her on Pinterest. She describes herself as a “Lifelong entrepreneur. Full-time business plan writer. Part-time crafter and collector.”

I'm glad McConnell's recipe lives on, if not her bakery.

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