My Sweet Valentine *^^*

March 4, 2012 § 3 Comments

This recipe, “Holiday Sugar Cookies”, is from Joanne Chang’s  flour cookbook.  My own twist was to use concentrated hibiscus tea as my food coloring, which resulted in a lavender color once it was mixed with the powdered sugar.  Unfortunately, I used an entire 16-oz bag of overpriced organic powdered sugar, but found that using a third or half of it would have sufficed.  Tant pis! 

BUT, I really loved the outcome because the cookie wasn’t rock hard.  These were much softer and a bit crumblier, which I really liked.  However, the absolute BEST part of these cookies was that the most unlikely thing happened:  the spouse helped to decorate MOST of them and thoroughly had a lot of fun doing it!  We were up until 2am getting them done so that I could take them to work in the morning for Valentine’s Day.  We made somewhere close to 80 cookies.

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first test: sugar cookies

February 27, 2011 § 3 Comments

The last time I baked cookies, it was 5 years ago and I totally crashed and burned.  I made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but I had no concept of what temperature things are supposed to be before mixing, what to mix first, etc.  Despite this, since then without realizing it, I developed an obsession with baking even though my idea of baking was popping in a frozen pizza into my toaster oven (preheating was always optional for me!).  Only recently did I finally decide to use my big oven because I found out how to easily clean it (ok, so I was completely oblivious to the normal workings of an oven, but I didn’t grow up with something baking in it—–it was always used for storage!).

So earlier this week, I made sugar cookies for the first time.  I picked this cookie because I came across a recipe that seemed pretty simple—just a few ingredients and not too complicated.  However, I didn’t plan ahead and so my butter was cold and not at room temperature before I mixed it with the sugar, but they came out pretty good despite that.  I got the recipe from the savory sweet life, here:

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