Thursday, November 17, 2005

Sugar Cookies

Per a request ;-) Here are the sugar cookies I found on allrecipes:

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Sugar Cookie Cutouts

1 cup butter -- softened
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup colored sugar for decoration

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour and baking powder, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the heavy cream. Cover dough, and chill for 2 to 3 hours, until firm. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, until bottoms and edges of cookies are light brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.

I haven't tried them yet, so I can't comment on whether they really are good, but I sure am willing to try them out. The bad recipe I made yesterday was from the Better Homes and Garden's cookbook. Usually a good go-to book, but those cutouts were not good. I should have known when it called for 1/3 cup butter and 1/3 cup shortening. Sugar cookies should be buttery. Not...floury tasting and dry. If anyone else has a "perfect" sugar cookie, I am forever on the lookout- so please share!!!


Anonymous said...

thanks for that recipe. my favorite sugar cookie to date is this one. it is not at all crisp. and not at all cake like. so that should tell you right away whether you think you will like them.

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Roxymom's Sugar Cookies

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 30 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Cookies Desserts

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3/4 cup butter -- softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Mix together (val's note: I creamed the butter and sugar first. then added egg/cream/vanilla. then the precombined flour/soda/salt), roll out and cut (val's note: I formed into balls and then flattened slightly before baking). Bake at 350 degrees until light brown approximately 10 minutes. Cool and frost.

DECORATOR ICING (cut this recipe down by 1/3! ie use 1/4 c shortening, 2 tbsp milk, ...)
3/4 c. shortening
1/4 c. plus 2 T. milk
1 (2 lb.) pkg. powdered sugar
1/2 t. creme bouquet flavoring
1/2 T. lemon juice
1/8 c. hot water

Beat all ingredients together. If too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too thick, add a tiny bit more milk.

The creme bouquet flavoring can be found at a kitchen supply store or from Wilton. If you can't find it, you can substitute vanilla.

"Roxymom on copykat BB"

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NOTES : roxymom: These are the best sugar cookies I have ever made. They stay soft.

My notes: The original recipe had no salt and was 4 times bigger in scale! I cut the recipe down to one fourth. I added ¼ tsp salt. I creamed the butter and sugar as a first step. Then added the egg, cream, and vanilla. Then stirred in the precombined flour/soda/salt. Instead of rolling out, I rolled them into balls and flattened them slightly before baking. I pulled them out of the oven just as they were barely beginning to brown around the edges. If you did roll this out, you would definitely need to refrigerate first. great cookies and the closest so far to lofthouse (I didn't try the icing though). they are tender and melt in your mouth, like lofthouse. but they have butter and lofthouse uses margarine. they are similar to and have the same density as cwalde's sugar cookies, but they are significantly more tender.

original recipe made 12 dozen.

I tried the frosting and found that it definitely needed a pinch of salt. it wasn't like lofthouse frosting, but works nicely with the cookies. a butter/powdered sugar/milk/salt frosting (the kind I use for preacher's chocolate cake) would be a better choice, I think.

val said...

anonymous is me. oops.

Erika said...

Thanks Val! Looks like I have another sugar cookie recipe to try. Good thing it is the winter season- sugar cookies are always in demand when there is hot chocolate to be had. :-)