Saturday, March 24, 2012

My First Attempt at Sugar Cookies

You may think it's a little strange that I had never made sugar cookies until now, since they are so simple to make and fun to decorate, but it's true. You see, we didn't own a rolling pin.
Sugar cookies are kind of impossible to make without a rolling pin. : )
So when my friend and I decided to get together and catch up, we thought that it would be fun to chat while decorating something. A first we were going to make cupcakes, but in the end we chose sugar cookies, and then I went to buy a rolling pin.
The recipe for the dough I found at Joy of Baking and I found it really easy to make. There's also a video to show you the entire process of making sugar cookies.

Sugar Cookies [source]
-3 cups all purpose flour
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 cup softened butter
-1 cup white sugar
-2 eggs
-2 tsp vanilla

First, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Then in a separate bowl, mix the butter and sugar together using a hand mixer for about 3 minutes. Then add the eggs and vanilla to your butter and sugar and beat those in as well. Then add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and beat until well incorporated. Wrap the dough in some saran wrap and put it in the fridge for an hour.
Once the dough has firmed up in the fridge, lightly dust your counter-top with flour as well as your rolling pin, and begin to roll out your dough until it is 1/4 inch thin. Then use cookie cutters to cut out various shapes of dough. Place the unbaked cookies onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
While your cookies are baking, whip up some icing. Simply mix together equal parts softened butter and icing sugar, and then add milk one teaspoon at a time until you get the consistency to want (vanilla is optional). This icing had 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup icing sugar, 1 tsp milk, and 1 tsp vanilla.
Now that the cookies are done, it's time to decorate and socialize! My friend and I didn't have much experience decorating cookies, but I think they turned out fairly well for our first try.
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  1. Awe, very pretty! :) Looks great! And delicious.

  2. They look lovely. Makes me think of springtime. Well done!

  3. They look like they came out great! Cute decorating :)