by David Fisco
11 July 2011
Word count: 383
Dessert | Baking
These light and tasty cookies are fun for both kids and adults. They are fun because they're hollow and brittle which causes them to crumble away when you take a bite. While they are not something to serve at a formal event, these crunchy treats make a great addition to a picnic where the ants can enjoy any crumbs you create.

2 cups (400 g) sugar with extra for garnish
1.5 sticks (12 tablespoons) butter (room temperature)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg (room temperature)
2.5 cups (300 g) doppio zero (00) flour, sifted
.5 teaspoon baking soda
.5 teaspoon kosher salt
non-stick baking spray

Equipment needed

  • convection oven
  • measuring cups or digital scale
  • measuring spoons
  • ice cream scoop
  • butter knife
  • cookie sheets
  • spatula
  • mixer (stand mixer preferably)
  • cooling rack
  • flour sifter
  • mixing bowl
  • refrigerator
  • airtight containers
  1. Using an electric mixer, combine the 2 cups of sugar and the butter. Increase the mixer to medium speed and cream the butter/sugar for 4 minutes.</li>
  2. Mix in vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl.
  3. Mix in the egg, scraping the sides of the bowl.
  4. Combine the sifted doppio zero flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add the doppio zero flour mixture in thirds, mixing completely at low speed after each addition.
  6. Transfer the dough into a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Lightly spray your cookie trays with a no-stick baking spray.
  9. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Using a trigger ice cream scoop (#12 size), scoop the dough and level it off with a butter knife. Place four balls of dough on each cookie tray.
  10. Using the palm of your hand, pat the balls to flatten them.
  11. Sprinkle some sugar on top of the dough, for garnish.
  12. Bake the dough for 16-17 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on tray for 2 minutes.
  14. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  15. Once cool, store in an airtight container.</span>
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    Further Details
    Yields about 1 dozen cookies
    If possible, use a digital scale instead of measuring cups. It results in greater accuracy.
    Doppio zero flour can be difficult to find. In the United States, King Arthur Flour makes an excellent version of 00 flour called "Italian Flour". </div> </article>