Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sugar Cookies!

Time to make my sugar cookies! I found my sun cookie cutter at Geraldine's Creative Cutters last week.  Now I need a Sugar Cookie recipe.  I turned to a mommy group on Facebook, Chic Mamma, to see if anyone had a great recipe! Ruth, a fellow mommy offered her recipe she had! The cookies turned out fantastic!

If you need a Sugar Cookie recipe try this one out! It is for approx. 36 cookies, so I doubled the recipe so I could have some to display and for the guests to take home!  Thanks to my momma for helping me with the baking!

RUTH'S SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE

3 CUPS - ALL PURPOSE FLOWER

1/2 TEASPOON - SALT

1 TEASPOON - BAKING SODA

1 CUP - UNSALTED BUTTER AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

1 CUP - GRANULATED WHITE SUGAR

2 LARGE - EGGS

2 TEASPOONS - PURE VANILLA EXTRACT

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.  In a mixing bowl using a hand mixer or electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 mins).  Add eggs and vanilla extract to the sugar mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.

Once your done with the dough divide it in half and wrap each half with plastic wraps and refrigerate for about an hour. You want the dough to be firm enough to roll.  This is an important step!

While your waiting for your dough to firm up, preheat your oven to 350 F degrees (177 degrees C).  Make sure your rack is place in the centre of the oven.  Line your baking sheets with parchment paper.

When your dough is chilled, take out one half at a time.  Make sure the surface you will be rolling out the dough on is lightly floured (otherwise you dough will stick).  Roll out your dough to about 1/4 of an inch in thickness.  While rolling the dough be sure to keep turning the dough to ensure it does not stick to your surface.  Cut out your shapes and place on cookie sheet on parchment paper and refrigerate the cookies for 10-15 minutes before putting them in the oven.  This will help the cookies keep their shape and to minimize expanding.

Bake the cookies 8-10 minutes or until edges are just starting to brown.  Once you remove the cookies from the oven let the cookies cool for a bit on the sheet then transfer them onto a wire rack.  Once cooled, decorate with Royal icing!



Mine are currently not decorated but in the freezer waiting for me! Hopefully I will get to it this week!  There are many recipes online for Royal icing, Ruth also passed along two different ways to make it.  I will post both at another time and let you know which recipe I will use! Wish me luck decorating!













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