Friday, December 4, 2009

Sugar Cookies!!!

Today I baked sugar cookies for a Christmas Party that my housemates and I are holding. I baked and decorated them. And by bake, i mean, i rolled out the dough, cut them with cookie cutters and put them in the oven. I did not make the dough, it was ready-made. NOT the store-bought ready-made, but wrote out the recipe, left it in the kitchen for my boyfriend to make- ready made. The best kind! Homemade taste, without the hassle - well for me, at least! I've been working alot, so I didn't have time. I got to the do the fun parts - baking and decorating.
Even though I didn't make the dough, I did write it out, and it is my sugar cookie stand by, so I will post the recipe.

Sugar Cookies

3 cups flour
1/12 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, room-temp
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients in med bowl.
In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the egg, and extracts. Add the dry ingredients, slowly incorporating.

Roll into two disks, and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 2 hours.

After chilled, roll out to 1/4 inch, and cut shapes, place on non-stick baking tray, or one covered with baking paper, and bake for 10 min at 170C or until edges start to brown.

Let cool completely before you start to decorate.

I thought it would fun to make the cookies on sticks, like lollypops! I also thought it would be nice to make them with the first initial of all the guests that are coming. So here they are:

I made a few decorated ones in case some Randos show-up. (Randos - (ran + doh's) random people) You never know. I also really wanted to bake gingerbread men, but I won't have time. I'm thinking Sunday when I get a day off.

To make the lolly pops, I bought candy sticks from a bulk food store. I pressed them part way onto the cookie, and then i took a bit of extra dough, and 'patched' a bit on top to cover the stick. I then baked the cookies with the patch part down. When I decorated the cookies, I decorated them with the patch side up, because it was the smoothest side. Also the icing covered the patch, so it looks seamless.

For the icing I used 3 tbs. of meringue powder, 500g of icing sugar and slowly incorporated warm water until I got the the consistency I wanted. For tips of decorating with icing sugar check out Sweetopia.


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