Thursday, June 11, 2009
I am obsessed with cookies at the moment. I have seen the most beautiful cookies lately and I'm just passionate about cookies right now, I want to try and bake and decorate ever single one I see. I want to bake them for home, I want to bake them for friends, party favors, for the dog, anything at all.
For my niece's first communion we decided to give dress cookies as a favor. Much like these ones in the picture, but not the same ones. I had no time to take pictures of my niece's. I think cookies make a great gift and if they look beautiful as well as being delicious, even better!
I got these great wedding cake cookie cutters (I'm pretty sure everyone has them) that also come with a stencil so the cake looks decorated! Of course I had to try all 3 stencils.
This one's cute but not my favorite.
This is my favorite!!
The sugar cookie recipe I use is the best one I've tasted. And you won't believe where I got it from, the back of a Wilton's sugar cookie cutter box! I know! Unbelievable.
You will need:
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 400 F. In mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt, add to the butter mixture 1 cup at a time mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball in a circle approx. 12 inches in diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Dip cookie cutter in fluor before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies. 4 dozen!!!!!!!
These are topped with Marshmallow Fondant and Royal Icing. You can find both of these recipes here and here.