Friday, January 21, 2011

Decorated Sugar Cookies

As mentioned earlier, we (my daughter and I) made some sugar cookies over the holidays to pack as a gift and I thought it would be a good way to spend some time together because she loves to help me, loves cookies and was particularly looking forward to decorating them. Sugar cookies are simple to make but taste buttery sweet and crisp. However, I didn't want to make royal icing which is the best way to decorate sugar cookies.. instead we just used storebought gel pens and some egg yolk mixed with a drop of food coloring (that we painted on using cleaned water colour brushes). Anushka enjoyed all the decorating and cutting out the cookies. The whole family enjoyed the taste of these crispy cookies and it's definitely something I'll be making again and again.

SUGAR COOKIES


Ingredients:
All purpose flour - 2 cups
Sugar - 1 cup (I added a bit more since we were not going to be heavyhanded with our icing)
Egg - 1
Butter - 1 stick (half cup), softened
Milk - 2 tbsp
Baking powder - half tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract - half tsp
Powdered Sugar - for dusting (to prevent the dough from sticking)

Method:
1) Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.

2) In a big bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add egg, milk & vanilla extract and continue to beat until combined.

3) Add the flour mixture in batches and run the mixer on low until it comes together as a dough.

4) Divide the dough into 2 parts, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for atleast 2 hours.

5) Preheat oven to 350F. Spread a large surface with wax/parchment paper and sprinkle powdered sugar and roll out the dough uniformly until it's 1/4 inch thick.

6) Cover with another sheet of parchment, transfer to a baking sheet and chill again for about 30 minutes (This will ensure that the dough doesn't spread out and retains its shape when baked).

7) Using cookie cutters (we used different shapes, such as house, duck, heart, dog etc.), cut the dough and transfer them to a baking sheet (covered with foil or parchment paper). If using egg yolk + food coloring, then paint using brushes (before baking) or sprinkle with colored sugar crystals.



8) Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Then allow to cool on a wire rack until completely cool. If decorating using royal icing or gel pens, do that after the cookies have baked and cooled.

12 comments:

  1. so yumm..and the decoration is cute.. so nice of your daughter to help you with this..

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  2. looks like you had lots of fun. I am sure your daughter enjoyed decorating the cookies.

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  3. Those cookies are so lovely. It's so nice that the two of you were able to spend time together and have such fun. I'm starting a new linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link this up.

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  4. a great effort by ur daughter and hope u had a nice time spending with ur daughter

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  5. Wow cute looking cookies, kudos to ur lil one..she dis a great job..

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  6. It is alwasy fun to bake with kids and from the look of the cookies you both had a good time

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  7. Baking with kids is always fun, we bake every weekend :) Seems u guys enjoyed the decorating!

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  8. These are a treat to eyes & the palate!!! Congrats on being featured on EC...U have a wonderful collection of recipes here..Bookmarked ur page..:)

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  9. They look gorgeous! Looks like your daughter had lots of fun!

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