|adventures in cookiemaking and more
||[Dec. 19th, 2005|12:00 am]
It's been crazy the last several days, with all of the holiday parties and with the cookies! I’m trying to make them as X-mas gifts! Someone brought funky decorated sugar cookies to work and it’s really inspired me. ^_^
Here are the ingredients…ah, I went a little overboard.
Most of the stuff was from Ralph’s, some of it from Wal*Mart, and a bit from Michael’s. The cookie cutters are snowflakes, a dog bone, a gingerbread man, and small X-mas shapes.
The sugar cookie recipe is from Alton Brown. Fairly fast to make (about 15 minutes for the dough) and it tastes great, especially with the Royal Icing. The cookies don't expand much during baking, so you can squeeze many of them onto a cookie sheet.
Royal Icing is made from 4 cups of powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract, 3 ounces of pasteurized egg whites. I actually added 4 oz of the egg whites, since the mixture seemed sort of stiff. And they're pasteurized, which means I won't be giving salmonella along with my cookies. ^_~
I’ve never made gingerbread cookies before, so it was a little adventure. Lots of spices (cinammon, cloves, allspice, and ground ginger) are needed to make them tasty! These cookies to expand, so leave an inch between each cookie.
They turned out better than I expected! The sugar cookies are really fabulous with the icing. It would have been great to decorate the snowflakes with some silver nonpareils, but unfortunately, they are not available in California. An environmental lawyer thought they were unsafe for human consumption, since they contain trace amounts of metals, and sued a supplier.
And I also tried making cookies based on Martha Stewart's stained glass cookies, made with melted Jolly Ranchers. They did bubble a little, but they turned out nicely. Make sure they're completely cooled before taking them off the cookie sheet.
And, I painted a few layers of Princess Broccoli's symbol. Another 3 or 4 layers should give it the depth I'm looking for. She's probably not going to be finished until after the New Year...I just have too much to do and I only have Friday of this week off from work.
The Borg Pony is drying from her re-paint. I'll try posting a picture before the holidays.