Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Crisp Sugar Cookies & decorating sugar cookies

Before you go getting excited about finding a delicious new crispy sugar cookie recipe, I must tell you that these were not good.  In other words, they suck.  I thought they looked pretty with their bright purple sparkling sugar (what a waste of good Dean & Deluca sugar) so I took photos but I will not recommend that you make these.  If you are looking for a good recipe for crisp sugar cookies, then look at this post:

The vanilla bean sugar cookie recipe is good if you want a delicate but crispy sugar cookie. They turn out great if you just scoop balls of dough & flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar. Then sprinkle with a little more regular or sanding sugar.  Now, if you are looking for a sugar cookie recipe that is good for rolling out and cutting with cookie cutters, then try this one:

A couple of years ago, I had a little cookie decorating business and the No Fail recipe is what I'd use every time.  It's a really good recipe for detailed cookie cutters.  So for most people, that means Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, Birthdays...those are the occasions when folks usually bake & decorate pretty cookies.  I still have hundreds of cookie cutters & decorating tools & tips & colors & books....anything to do with cookie decorating. I learned a lot by trial and error so if you have any questions about decorating cookies or need ideas, I'd love to hear & help.  I was so obsessed with it for years. I love the creative side of it but ya know, each order took SO long. It would take an entire weekend to make & decorate & package a few dozen cookies. Of course I would spend almost as much time packaging the cookies as I did decorating them. So check out the link above that will take you to some of my decorated cookies.  Hope it gives you some ideas. It's a lot of fun to decorate cookies. Each cookie is like a mini work of art but first you need to start with a good cookie base - a sugar cookie that is sturdy as well as delicious and unfortunately, this sugar cookie recipe is not it!  Try the No Fail Sugar cookie recipe (link above) for decorating cookies or the vanilla bean sugar cookie (link above) for a good delicate crisp cookie.

The texture of these cookies is just......umm....bad.  First of all, I think the recipe includes way too much flour so it results in a dry dough.  Second, the edges may be slightly crispy but the center is chewy & kind of tough.  The flavor, blah.

Crisp Sugar Cookies


1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup milk


1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Cover and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out cookies into desired shapes and place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.