The Humble Sugar Cookie
Today we are going to start with the humble Sugar Cookie. This week I was invited to a rather large garden-type party. I signed myself up to bring some cookies and decided I would pull out my pastry bag and make some flower cookies to celebrate the arrival of spring. Now what recipe to use? I was hunting through my old cook books when I decided to twitter @allrecipes. To my surprise they quickly answered and provided a link to their number one rated sugar cookie. When I clicked on the link the first thing that popped out at me is the recipe had a whopping 4364 reviews! It has been a long while since I had visited a recipe sharing website like Allrecipes.com, and oh have things changed! Allrecipes.com is easy to navigate, has a recipe for everything imaginable and has cool features like your own online recipe box. With so many reviews, you get a really good idea if the recipe is going to work for you or not.
The recipe for “The Best Roll Sugar Cookies” did not disappoint. It was easy to whip up without much fuss in my old Kitchen Aid mixer. It was Home Economics 101 with creaming the butter and sugar, adding the eggs and vanilla, then adding in the flour, salt and baking powder. Simple as pie! Well actually much simpler than pie. I am old school so I used real butter as I do in all my recipes, just call me Paula Dean. I then formed the dough into two disk shapes. This is an old trick I learned from watching Martha Stewart. If you form cookie dough into disk shapes, it chills far faster then if the dough is in a ball and is ready to roll out when you take it out from the fridge. I refrigerated the dough for just over an hour. It rolled out easily and and I cut out my shapes. The dough was extremely easy to work with and would be a good recipe to make with a child. The cookies were done to perfection in my convection oven in the 8 minutes indicated in the recipe.
Now for the decorating. Since I was on a roll with allrecipes.com, I clicked on Sugar Cookie Icing that was linked in the sidebar on the page with the cookie recipe. The thing I liked about the recipe was that it didn’t contain raw egg white like most royal icing recipes so I decided to give it a whirl. Again I was not disappointed. The simple recipe worked for the most part just as promised. I did add a teaspoon extra of milk because I wanted the recipe just a little thinner for using in my pastry bag. The addition of corn syrup ensured the frosting stayed nice and shiny and while it dried hard it wasn’t crack your tooth hard like Royal Icing can often be. I had to make three recipes to cover all the cookies I had made. Because the majority of the cookies were going to be eaten by adults I just outlined most of the cookies in the frosting to keep the cookie from tasting too sweet. I did completely fill in a few cookies just so the platter would look pretty. For the frosting I used Wilton number 6 tip to both outline the cookies and fill the petals in on the cookie.
At the end of the day I give these Allrecipes.com recipes a 5 pies up on a scale of 1 to 5! Quick, easy, tasty, and not to mention they were the hit of the party. Exactly the kind of recipe I love.