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Sugar cookies is one of those really simple cookies with tons of icing on them, pictures of kids` favorite cartoons that just makes them smile. I remembered when I was in elementary school and there would be this once a month thing where parents and kids would be able to have hot foods like A&W and little ceasars pizza brought into the elementary school. Depending on how much your parents is willing to pay for fast foods, that is what you would get as a lunch. I never got the awesome sugary stuff, I always just got a burger or one slice of pizza while I watch my friends that would have the whole deal; dessert, drink and all! I would just sit there with envy.
So for me and my boyfriend`s 17th month anniversary together, I decided to go old school and made him some cookies like the girls that was crushing on a guy in a drama. Hopefully this is easy enough to follow. I didn`t take enough pictures I know, but my hands were dirty and there was no one to take pictures for me :(. I sometimes wish I had three hands.
Yield: 20 cookies (30 g each, depending on your thickness)
<strong>[Ingredients for sugar cookies]</strong>
Pastry or all purpose flour 8oz. 240g
Baking power 0.07 oz (1/2 tsp.) 2 g
Unsalted butter, softened 6 oz. 180 g
Granulated sugar 4 oz. 120 g
Powdered sugar 2 oz. 60 g
Salt 0.1 oz. (1/2 tsp.) 3 g
Egg 1.6 oz. (1 egg) 48 g
Vanilla Extract 0.15 fl. oz. (1 tsp.) 5 mL
1) Sift together flour + baking powder+ powdered sugar and set aside.
2) Cream butter + sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in salt + egg + vanilla. Add flour mixture, beat until combined.
*Don`t over mix or else your cookie will be tough and not pleasant to eat. Over mixing will form too much gluten which gives products structure. Depending on what you want to make, you have to adjust your method and mixing time*
3) Wrap dough in plastic or place into a container and let it sit in the fridge until firm; approximately 1-2 hours. In the mean time, you can make your royal icing :).
<strong>[Ingredients for Royal icing]</strong>
Powdered sugar 1 lb. 480 g
Lemon juice or water 4 fl. oz. 120 mL
Corn syrup 2 fl. oz. 60 mL
Vanilla extract 0.15 fl. oz. (1tsp.) 5 mL
Food coloring As needed
1) Combine sugar + lemon juice or water ( i recommend using fresh lemon juice since it cuts the sweetness and you can taste that hint of zestyness when you eat the cookies) + corn syrup + vanilla with a mixer on paddle attachment. Blend on low speed until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more water or more icing sugar.
2) Apply icing to cookies and let them air dry until they harden. Cover leftover icing with plastic wrap so it doesn`t harden on the surface. Icing would keep for 3 weeks.
<strong>Back to the cookies...</strong>:
4) Set your oven at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C).
5) Once the dough set, cut the dough in half and leave the rest in the fridge. Roll it out to about 0.3 mm thickness. Take your print outs or in my case, pictures I draw with a sharpie. These characters are from an anime my boyfriend and I love called "Polar bear cafe". Its a really kiddie but funny animal and human cartoon. Anyways, cut your dough out and place them on a tray with parchment paper.
6) Bake for approximately 10-12 mins or until light golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on them!
7) Let them cool and star to decorate!
Here`s a little tip when you fill your piping bag and don`t have another pair of hands to help you. Place your piping bag in a cup or something tall and round and there you go :D. You don`t even need another pair of hands! You have a brain! Just make sure you either twist the tip of you cut it already or just not cut it until you filled it.
If you wanted to do outlines for your characters, make sure you pipe the black outlines first, let it dry completely then start filling your cookies. To fill your cookies, place very little icing between the lines and spread it with a toothpick or just tip your icing around.
And voila. Okay I have to admit that I could have done a better job with the piping but i was doing it freestyle :(. Please don`t hurt me. Haha if you look closely, there`s a joker panda too :D.
Anyways I hope you guys try this simple recipe out. The only hard part was the piping and spreading the icing around the outlines. Other then that, every things was very straight forward. Although the cookie is straight forward, the detail work took about two hours since i was watching t.v. while doing this and the faces were pain in the bum to fill in LOL.
If you guys try this out, leave a comment or link me pictures of your creations :).
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