#68 Valentine’s Day Soft Sugar Cookies

It’s that time of year! The bakery section of your grocery store is overflowing with pink & red goodies. From cookies to cupcakes, I’ve even seen dyed breads, anything that can be dyed pink or red basically.

One of those special cookies that I use to always cave into buying where those fluffy sugar cookies with the pink frosting and sprinkles. They’re like big fluffy sugar pillows, how could you not resist.

Well these cookies are based on the infamous store bought sugar cookie, except they are way better and don’t have any of those nasty preservatives in it. I warn you, they are so addicting. I keep going into the cookie jar and taking a half a cookie…and then coming back 10 minutes later for another half…and then another half…you see where this is going.

I found this adorable little book about looove that I signed inside with the D’s backwards and in huge writing. It was quiet adorable to see.

I used a tiny bit too much food coloring in the frosting, so the pink turned out a little brighter than I had hoped for, but they’re fun regardless.

Enjoy!

Madeline

#50 Snickerdoodles

Ideal Me is sitting at her desk, listening to some calm yet productively upbeat music while working on those soul sucking college essays for transfer apps.

Actual Me is sitting on the couch watching Top Chef: Texas while looking at pictures of food that I made, but sadly do not have any more. Why don’t I have this food, because it gets eaten so damn fast now! I make a batch of cookies and POOF!

Even my brother, who has a diet that consists of mostly pasta and anything easy (he’s a law student), makes these cookies! Clearly, they’re good cookies if even he is making them. I love you…:)

The name of this cookie is just so silly I cant get over it. Who even thought of that? Why aren’t they called Cinnamon Sugar Cookies? It’s just out of control.

Aside from the ridiculous name, the cookies are amazing. I’m such a chocolate lover, and it is so obvious, but snickerdoodles hold a place in my sweet little heart. I can never just have one snickerdoodle, but then again I can never really just have one of any cookie..can you?

The Snickerdoodle recipe that my mother always used was the Betty Crocker one, and it was the one I always used too. I decided to look online and see what other people were using and found this recipe that got over 3,000 reviews averaging with 4 1/2 stars. Crazy, I know. The funny thing is that the only difference between the two recipes is that this one has vanilla extract, where as Betty’s doesn’t. Next time I think I might do half vanilla and half almond extract. Hmmmm, the possibilities

 

 

 

I’ve got to start figuring out what to make for Thanksgiving! Eek!

Enjoy!

Madeline

#47 Ghost and Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I apologize for the delay in posts the past week, lots has been going on work, school and personal life wise. I want you all to know that I appreciate the support and love that I get from you guys. When I started this blog, all I knew was that I loved baking and I wanted to show my friends and family the things that I made. I hope all of you go after the things that make you happy like I did. It may just seem like a little blog about dessert to you, but to me its so much more than that. Thanks for the support :).

I needed to study this past Sunday for a test on Tuesday. I hadn’t baked anything in days and it was starting to make me a little stressed. Is it weird that I was more stressed about not baking something than I was my test? The solution: put computer with the slides for my test next to me while I baked a double batch of sugar cookies.

This right here is the most amazing thing you will ever own if you ever roll out dough. In the past before we had this lovely invention I would attempt to roll out dough on a wooden cutting board that was way too small for the job. The solution to all my problems (in terms of cookie making) is a circular piece of wood covered in canvas – tada! It’s main purpose is for rolling out the dough for Lefse, which is a Norweigen flat bread made from potatoes. My mom makes it every year, maybe we’ll get a post out of it this year! It’s so good!

TIP: When rolling out dough, put a sheet of plastic wrap on top of it. I use the one that I wrapped the dough in while it was chilling in the fridge – reusing things = less waste = happy environment (PSA from your friendly environment lover). It comes out perfectly smooth with no flaws, and the rolling pin wont stick to it! This way you just need to put a little flour on the bottom, and not all over the dough, which can dry it out. It’s little things like this that make this process so much easier.

Pipe an outline, let it dry for 30 minutes

The thing about gorgeous sugar cookies, like the ones you see on Bake @ 350, is that no body tells you how long this process is! I kid you not, I spent probably a combined 5 hours chilling, baking, cooling, piping, decorating these damn cookies! Oh and don’t forget the massive clean up. In the end I like to think its worth it, but man is it just an exhausting process!

Torey shows up during decorating to say hello and take random pictures
Finally done! 

I hope you all have a fun, crazy, but safe, halloween!

Sugar Cookies 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Directions:
Cream butter. Add powdered sugar. Blend in egg, almond extract, vanilla, salt and flour. Chill dough until firm. Roll to ¼” thickness on well-floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 min. Cookies should not brown. Frost and decorate when cool. Yields about 40 cookies.

I’ve tried a bunch of different frostings for sugar cookies and the most traditional way is Royal Icing which uses egg whites, but I find that this recipe with Meringue powder is a million times easier, and tastes better in my opinion.

Royal Icing

Ingredients:
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. meringue powder (Found at specialty food stores like Sur La Table or the craft store Michael’s)
5 tbsp. water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes).  Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container.  This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating.  Add water a very small amount at a time and stir by hand until fully incorporated.  Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping.  If you would like to add color, I suggest using gel and not liquid because it changes the consistency of the icing.

To flood cookies: Thin out the icing so that it is about the consistency of thick honey. Some people use squeeze bottles, which is the best way of doing it, but if you don’t have any you can just spoon it onto the cookie. Use a toothpick to push the icing into all the spaces. Let sit for a few hours to completely set up. Do not put into air-tight container until frosting is completely hardened.

 

Recipe from Annie’s Eats

Enjoy,

Madeline