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day 20: baking away/Christmas Sugar Cookies, part 2: icing & decorating!




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• Project: day 20: baking away/Christmas Sugar Cookies, part 2: icing & decorating!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
• Would I do it again? yes, even though icing cookies is a lot of work! The girls had a ton of fun; licking their fingers and dumping the sprinkles. Hayden seemed to have a steadier hand than I did, go figure 😉
• What I would do differently: after about 3 cookies in, I changed my technique and we used zip-locks to pipe edging around it, man it’s hard though!
• Items used: Christmas Sprinkles & recipe below:

Royal Icing Recipe from Food Network, Alton Brown:


  • 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar


In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 18: baking away/ Christmas sugar cookies, part 1





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  • Project: day 18: baking away/ Christmas sugar cookies, part 1 (part 2 will be coming in the next few days…the frosting!!!)
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 3
  • Would I do it again? yes, we tried the sugar cookies sans the frosting, and they really we’re SO yummy! They were not too sweet, just the right amount of chewiness, and oh so good!
  • What I would do differently: well, according to my husband, I do not use the rolling-pin correctly, so I’ll have to work on that technique, but hey that’s why I’m doing all this right? Trying to get better each and everyday!
  • Items used: American’s test Kitchen Recipe: http://www.americastestkitchen.com/recipes/detail.php?docid=26333
  • Makes 2 dozen cookies (we ended up with about 3)

    The final dough will be slightly softer than most cookie dough. For the best results, handle the dough as briefly and gently as possible when shaping the cookies. Overworking the dough will result in flatter cookies.

    • 2 1/4cups (11 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
    • 1/2teaspoon baking soda
    • 1teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2teaspoon table salt
    • 1 1/2cups (10 1/2 ounces) sugar , plus 1/3 cup for rolling (we did not use the 1/3 cup for rolling since we will be frosting them)
    • 2ounces cream cheese , cut into 8 pieces
    • 6tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter , melted and still warm
    • 1/3cup vegetable oil
    • 1large egg
    • 1tablespoon milk
    • 2teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl. Set aside.
    • 2. Place 1½ cups sugar and cream cheese in large bowl. Place remaining 1/3 cup sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate and set aside. Pour warm butter over sugar and cream cheese and whisk to combine (some small lumps of cream cheese will remain but will smooth out later). Whisk in oil until incorporated. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; continue to whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix with rubber spatula until soft homogeneous dough forms.
    • 3. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces, about 2 tablespoons each (or use #40 portion scoop). Using hands, roll dough into balls. Working in batches, roll balls in reserved sugar to coat and evenly space on prepared baking sheet, 12 dough balls per sheet. Using bottom of drinking glass, flatten dough balls until 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle tops evenly with 4 teaspoons of sugar remaining in shallow dish (2 teaspoons per tray), discarding any remaining sugar.
    • 4. Bake, 1 tray at a time, until edges are set and just beginning to brown, 11 to 13 minutes, rotating tray after 7 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes. Using wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack and cool to room temperature

until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂