I’m not a cookie maker. So, let’s take the challenge!
I guess I’ve never been a cookie maker, due to the fact it’s somehow just easier to mix everything in a bowl, place the mixture in a cake tin and it’s done! Also, apart from that, one piece of cake will keep you satisfied..one cookie always, but always leads to another and another. I don’t make cookies!
However the charm of making cookies for my niece and nephew, (taking the cooking pressure off my sister) led me to discover this basic cookie dough. Not too hard, right!
For three days I’ve been making these cookies! The joys of the cookie process. Dough made: best left overnight wrapped tight in fridge… Cut cookies, bake, leave to cool, another day gone… make Royal Icing, whip, colour, design pattern. Leave to dry…Yes, my friends, three days.Cookie monster would be screaming!!
Searching for a basic cookie dough I opted for this one…(all faith in Martha and then tweaked)
Basic Cookie Dough:
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 cup self raising flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder ( I eliminated this )
1/4 teaspoon salt
180 g butter,softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy.
With mixer running add egg and vanilla.
Reduce speed to low.
Add flour mixture gradually,beating until just incorporated. Divide dough in half, flatten each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm,at least 1 hour or overnight.
Friends, first day done!
Preheat oven to moderate temp: 180°C. Let one disk of dough stand at room temp. just soft enough to roll, about 10 minutes.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to about a 5-6 mm. Then have fun choosing your cookie cutters. I used a princess shoe, crown and heart.
Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 minutes…this waiting time is important.
Bake cookies until edges are golden brown, about 14 –16 minutes.
Let cookies cool on paper on wire racks. Another day over!
This is the part I really enjoyed. The icing of this cookies. I chose these feminine colours of pink, lilac and yellow. Appropriate for these cookie shapes: princess shoe, crown and heart.
My first attempt at cookies and this style of icing, using Royal Icing.
Ok, so I took three hours to ice these cookies, but well worth the effort, don’t you think?
500 g icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3 large egg whites
Vanilla flavoring, or any other you desire.
Food colouring ( your choice – all the colours of the rainbow )
Place icing sugar and cream of tartar in mixing bowl. Turn mixer on low, gradually adding each egg white one at a time.Mix for 3 –4 minutes. Gradually add 1 – 2 tablespoons of water.
You’re ready to start designing coloured coated cookies.
So after applying 100% into my personal cookie baking challenge, I know I have to go out and buy some “boys” cookie cutters, maybe a dinosaur, train or racing car. Some boy’s stuff Zia!
Happy Cookie Cooking Friends
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