Ok, ok. Sugar Cookie day isn’t all that important. But still, any chance to celebrate cookies floats my boat.
Speaking of boat floating and other fun stuff, my ovens are in and I’m really happy with how they work. I can actually bake 2 trays of cookies in each oven, meaning 4 at one time! That’s 3 more than I’ve ever been able to do in the past. They preheat quickly, the fan that cools the electronics is much quieter than my old oven, and the racks are solid.
I feel like I’ve graduated from training wheels all the way to a corvette! Boy, I wish I could honk the horn on these ovens and run around the neighborhood showing them off. Alas, all I can do is share the cookies.
In case you’re wondering, my ovens are GE Profile, Double Oven PT9550. I read numerous reviews including one from a couple who bake and sell cookies from home (talk about coincidence) and who had only good to say about the ovens for this purpose. It was a HUGE purchase for me, I’ll probably use them the rest of my life (da dum) and it felt pretty risky to make the purchase decision, but hey, looks like I won the lottery with these! Note: I am not being paid by GE to tell you all of this! They don’t even know that I exist. Darn. So I’m being totally honest based on my research and experiences with the ovens themselves.
Now, back to Sugar Cookie Day. Whoopie! Another excuse to bake, decorate and eat Cookies! I don’t have a recipe for you today, but I do have a few fun tips and some links.
- Instead of frosting the entire cookie, frost outlines only.
- Instead of frosting the entire cookie, add gel food coloring (not liquid) to the dough to get your base color and then only add smaller details with frosting.
- Don’t frost them! Just eat them as is. (Yes, I know, you thought of that yourself. Sorry!)
- Try making peanut butter flavored or chocolate flavored sugar cookies, because then you have lots of flavor to complement the sweetness.
I never knew how many blogs, classes, tutorials and so on are out there all about sugar cookies. Who knew that I’m not the only one totally into cookies? Who knew that many people are totally into sugar cookies and can make them into works of art! Wow, the possibilities are endless as some of these can show you. Here are some of my favorite sites.
Lila Loa: AKA Georganne Bell is funny, down to earth, and incredibly helpful in her blog. She shows each step in decorating a cookie design with great visual and written instructions, and if that’s not enough, she posts videos of the same steps. Her recipes are reliable. And she’s so funny! Reading her blog (or her book) can make your day.
Sweet Sugarbelle: Sweet (in spite of what I said above, there can’t be too much sweet in life!) instructions, tools, recipes and now, even cookie kits you can buy!
Julia M Usher- Recipes for a Sweet Life: Everything you ever wanted to know about decorating sugar cookies. Plus all kinds of ‘stuff’ you never imagined existed. Wowie, zowie, this lady knows her stuff! You can find Julia on YouTube, too, and her videos are totally, amazingly useful. Go for it!
Created by Diane: For a phenomenal Peanut Butter cut out cookie/sugar cookie recipe check out this blog. Imagine that commercial product (nutter butters) and know you can make something even better with Diane’s recipe!
Christmas Cake Cookies: Recipe by Ree Drummond, Pioneer Woman (Food TV): If you want a cut out cookie you can decorate that is not very sweet at all, and if you like a cakier texture, this is your recipe. Checkit out!
Have a sugar cookie good weekend,