Saturday, January 14, 2006

They call her the Queen of Hearts

Waaaay Early V-day cookies


Love is in the air..

Nope, it has nothing, and I mean nothin' to do with a man. It's all about the cookies. "Cookies?" you ask. Yes, colorful, sugary, heart-shaped ones to be exact.

With a name like "No Fail Sugar Cookies" I had my doubts. But they are everything the name claims them to be and more. I've got a drawer FULL of under-used cookie cutters and I just ordered some new ones, so expect more great things outta this recipe, which can be found at KitchenGifts.com. When you try this recipe, I HIGHLY recommend that you follow her hints about dividing the dough into about 3-4 parts and rolling each part between wax paper before chilling. It's so not nearly as messy and it's so much easier.

No-Fail Sugar Cookies

6 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 cups butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract or desired flavoring (I like almond myself)
1 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Mix dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture. Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together.

Chill for 1 to 2 hours (or see Hint below)

Roll to desired thickness and cut into desired shapes. Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until just beginning to turn brown around the edges. This recipe can make up to 5-dozen 3” cookies.

HINT: Rolling Out Dough Without the Mess -- Rather than wait for your cookie dough to chill, take the freshly made dough and place a glob between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to the desired thickness then place the dough and paper on a cookie sheet and pop it into the refrigerator. Continue rolling out your dough between sheets of paper until you have used it all. By the time you are finished, the first batch will be completely chilled and ready to cut. Reroll leftover dough and repeat the process! An added bonus is that you are not adding any additional flour to your cookies.



The cookies are decorated with Royal Icing.

Royal Icing

3 3/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
3 T meringue powder
6 T warm water

Beat 4 to 5 minutes.
By hand, stir in optional flavorings and desired tints.

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Comments on "They call her the Queen of Hearts"

 

Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (11:57 AM) : 

I wish my hands were steady enough to decorate like you did these.....i think mine would just be kind of pinkish swirlies...

 

Blogger Alicat said ... (1:17 PM) : 

very cute :)

 

Anonymous Rorie said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Beautiful! I want one!!!!

 

Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (3:52 PM) : 

i want 10!!!!

 

Blogger Culinarily Obsessed said ... (3:54 PM) : 

lol Rorie that could be arranged =)

I'm starting to sell some of my less fragile, more shippable goods online.

Ali - thanx!

Eric - you should give it a try..pink swirls would be cute lol

 

Blogger Jasmine said ... (11:08 PM) : 

they look so nice!

I believe I lack the patience to do the pretty decorations you did.

I'm going to have to try out the recipe -- I'm always looking for good cut-out dough...

j

 

Anonymous vanessa said ... (11:21 PM) : 

Ooooooh, they are TOO perfect, they're gorgeous, Jaay. Well done!

 

Anonymous vanessa said ... (11:22 PM) : 

Btw, Jaay, email me your mailing address. I have an idea... :)

 

Blogger ericmsdw2005 said ... (4:27 PM) : 

someone here help me! i want to make homemade mac and cheese tonight and all the recipes online look the same. does anyone have any mac/cheese recipes that are a bit different? maybe something with smoked cheese or a cheese other than chedder? anyone know of any unique ingredients that might kick it up a notch? i want to start it at around 5pm, so if someone has one in the next half hour or so, can you either IM me on yahoo - ericmsdw2005 or email me at eric2004@gmail.com? You guys are all full of great ideas, so i came here!! I know mac and cheese is one of Jaay's favorites, so maybe she'll come up big for me, lol!

thanks....eric

 

Blogger strawberry said ... (10:43 PM) : 

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Thank you!

 

Anonymous Ivonne said ... (10:08 AM) : 

Those look incredible!!! Thank you for sharing!

 

Blogger Mona said ... (11:30 AM) : 

Sugar cookies with icing are my favorite cookie. Seriously. THey have to be soft and chewy and the icing has to be soft too. I have a friend's bday coming up might have to try these ;)

 

Blogger Patti said ... (8:10 PM) : 

Thanks for posting this! I NEVER make rolled cookies because I have not found a good recipe. I will try this! Yours look wonderful

 

Anonymous lisa--In a Nutshell said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Jaay--These are beautiful. You should be very proud. I'm impressed...I can't decorate a cookie worth crap!

 

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