Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Bake Sale Specials....

Getting ready for the Boo-Bake Sale tomorrow,
and baking up a storm!

Sugar Cookies are a sweet and tender cookie that has wonderfully crisp edges and soft inside. They are an American favorite and although they were once made primarily during the Christmas season, they are now a year round favorite, because of the tremendous amount of cutters available now. They make perfect cut out cookies which you can dress simply with a sprinkling of colored sugar or they can be dressed up with powdered icing. Delight your family and friends with pumpkin cookies for Halloween, trees at Christmas, hearts for Valentine's Day, and bunnies at Easter or any other special occasion. I have so many cookie cutters, I can fill a big garbage bag. I have been collecting them for years. I'm sure that everyone will appreciate your efforts.


Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe
1 Cup of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3 c. of Flour
1 1/2 c. of Granulated Sugar (I use half brown sugar )
2 Large Egg
2 tsp. of Baking Powder

Directions
*Preheat the oven to 375°F.
*Cream the butter and sugar.
*Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter / sugar mixture.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.
*Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients one cup at a time, and continue mixing until the dough becomes stiff.
*Divide the dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour or more.
*On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough until it's approximately 1/8" thick.
*Cut out cookies using floured cookie cutters.
*Bake the cookies on an parchment covered cookie sheet for 6 - 8 minutes, or until they're golden brown.
*Let the cookies cool before frosting.

**Now for the frosting I use a confectionery sugar frosting and dip the cookies in to get that smooth texture. I let them dry then take chocolate frosting with a small round tube in my pastry bag to make the facial marks on the pumpkins.

Confectionery Sugar Frosting -
3 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. lemon juice or extract, and enough warm water to get the dipping consistency you desire.
**It works best in a mixing bowl with a whip. I let it go to get all the lumps out.

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