Cooking with Love

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I'm Back - and love is in the air...

I have always envied those that can make the perfect cookie. Although I am far from it, I am sure that with practice - I will get there, or at least as close as possible.
I have found the Ultimate dough and am working on the royal icing, which does need practice. Alot of practice.
But what better way to decorate cookies than - heart cookies. Yeah, I know - Halloween is just around the corner and there is still along way to go - but when love is in the air - than every day is a celebration of love....:-)

Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbs. milk (which I completly omitted)
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

In a bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Sert aside.
In a mixer bowl, on high, beat sugar and butter till fluffy. Add beaten egg and milk.
Gradually add the flour mixture on low till the dough is incorporated and unsticks from the side of the mixer bowl.
Divide into two balls, wrap in saran wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 140C. use silpat or grease cookie pan.Roll the dough gently and cut with whatever cooke cutters your heart desires. Bake till cookies start turning golden (mine took 6 minutes exactly).

Completely cool on rack.

Royal Icing:

1/2 egg white
1 cup - 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Food coloring of choice - gel!!

This is tricky. Combine egg white and sugar and stir with a fork. The icing should be very very thick. If its not thick than it won't hold and will be pretty runny on your cookie. Add whatever food coloring you choose.

When cookies are completely cool - start decorating. use freehand or baker bag with assorted tips.


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