Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cookie Time Again.....

How about those pumpkins?? It is hard to believe Halloween is tomorrow with all this snow coming down. I thought maybe we had missed it and skipped into December already. What a better time to bake when you are cooped up at home surrounded by snow.

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

*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

1 Others Say::

lindalou said...

These look great. I'm going to have to try the dip method for the frosting on my Christmas cookies this year.

I feel so lucky that the snow missed us completely. Too depressing in October.