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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sundays: Sugar Cookies



I do love cookies. But cookie doughs that require rolling out with a rolling pin and cutting with cookie cutters have never treated me well. Usually I find it hard to not have it stick to the rolling pin (despite my well-floured silicone rolling pin), and hard to get out of the cookie cutter, and hard to pick up and move to the cookie sheet for baking. So when I first saw that this week's recipe for Sweet Melissa Sundays was Sugar Cookies, I was excited (yey cookies!) but then I remembered (uh ohhh... time to get out the rolling pin). I thought of using it as a crust for a tart as the recipe says, but I decided to go the tricky route... and face my cookie cutter fears!

And it went well! At first I tried to roll it out too quick out of the fridge and it cracked. Then we rolled it out too thin. But once we rolled it out thick enough, and let it soften up a little bit more, it went very smoothly. I baked my 1/4 inch cookies for about 7 minutes in a 350 oven. And they came out perfectly.

Other SMS bakers said theirs were too bland, so I heeded Michelle's advice and upped the sugar to 3/4 C (from the recipe's 1/2 C), and added 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. I also put 1/8 tsp of almond extract in, too. They came out very tasty and soft.

Thennnnn I used colored sugars and Betty Crocker Cookie Icing (ok, kind of cheating, but eliminated some frustration) to decorate them:

Andddddddddd maybe I went a little overboard...















I was having fun! :) Make sure to visit Nina's blog, Nina's Cupcakes to see this week's recipe from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book: Sugar Cookies! Thanks for hosting, Nina! And check out the other SMS bakers to see how the cookies came out for everyone else!

17 comments:

Nina said...

Thank you for baking with me this week! All your cookies look so adorable. I'm glad that you overcame your fears and made the cookies.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Hi! i just joined today. For someone who feared making these cookies ( I can relate about the rolling cookie dough idea etc)they came out absolutely appealing. Very nice work!
Carmen

amanda said...

Those are so cute! I love the cupcake ones.

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

You didn't go overboard at all..these are awesome! I especially love the cupcake cookies! you are so lucky with the range of coloured sugar you guys get over there!! they don't really sell it in shops here in England :(

Katiecakes said...

OMG! I wish they sold that in the UK!! Those cookies are amazing :D

Katie xox

Flourchild said...

Yipeeee for sugar cookies...and not just bland sugar cookies..but beautiful great tasting ones! Yours turned out so lovely. I just popped open a jar of frosting and went for it..Im not much of a decorater, but I love to do it!

I love your cookie cut outs.

Julie said...

Your cookies are so cute! Love the different cutters. Great job.

apparentlyjessy said...

Cookies scare me too, I just can't seem to get them flat enough to decorate easily!
But wow, you did a great job with these, I really love the cupcake cookies, and the dinosaur one rocks!

Susan said...

Your cookies look great! You can never go overboard when it comes to decorating! :)

Tracey said...

Your cookies are adorable!! I made cupcakes too :) I actually have a fear of rolling out pie dough, but I generally have better luck with rolling cookie dough for some reason. I find that as long as you keep the cookie dough reasonably cold it's generally not too bad.

Mrs. G said...

Your cookies look great! Job well done.

k.a.r.e.n said...

Great looking cookies! I have yet to get over my hurdle with working with dough that has to be rolled then cut.

Fallon said...

Cute cookie decorating!!

Mara... said...

I love love all the glitter!! they look so fun and it looks like you got over your fear of the rolling pin. Great cookies!!

Eliana said...

Oh man your cookies look incredible. What fun shapes and cute decorations. These are some of my favorites from all the SMS bakers.

Julie said...

Those are SO cute...would be a shame to eat them. Well, not really, I'm sure I'd be able to make myself eat one.

Ingrid said...

No, I love them! They look fantastic....you did a great job on the decorating.
~ingrid

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