A lot has changed since I was younger, however, my love of sugar cookies has not. There are SO MANY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPES on my blog however, Paula Deen’s sugar cookies are my favorite. The worst part is that my mom and I can’t figure out which recipe it is!!! My mom would bring them home from the set in a Ziploc bag just for me. I would sit at the kitchen table and devour that entire bag of cookies. However, there was one type of cookie that trumped those sugar cookies and they were the decorated cookie from Cookies By Design. Cookies By Design create thick sugar cookies which are then decorated in royal icing and arranged as a cookie bouquet. They were perfectly decorated and delicious! I remember driving by and running in to grab a cookie for snack and receiving cookie bouquets for my birthday, when I was at camp (visiting day) and when I got my appendix out (quite the interesting story).
The only problem with Cookies by Design that keeps me from stopping by ever time I drive pass it is the steep price tag. One cookie is close to 8 dollars, but that is okay because these cookies come so close to the taste and the whole batch costs about the same!
I made these for a bake sale to raise money for Project Graduation. Project Graduation is an all-night, alcohol-free and drug-free party for graduating seniors the nght of graduation. It begins right after the ceremony and last well into the evening. My school takes a boat around the Hudson River and since it get quite costly, parents spend time raising money to off-set the cost.
Along with other delicious treats, these Valentine’s Day hearts were perfect timing, they were wrapped for easy grabbing and didn’t have to be eaten right away.
Start by making the cookie dough: beat butter and sugar, add vanilla and lemon extracts and eggs and then add the dry ingredients.
Form into a flat disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for a couple of hours or overnight.
When ready to roll and bake, allow the dough to warm slightly
Then break off a small chunk and start rolling
I prefer thicker cookies, so I rolled mine between 1/8 to a 1/4 inch thick
Then press out fancy heart shapes (or whatever shape your heart desires)
I also cut out some mini ones with the extra dough
Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes (keep and eye on them–you don’t want the cookies to brown!)
While the cookies are cooling, making the royal icing. Beat eggs whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Then add powdered sugar until it is of “Elmer’s glue consistency”
I dyed mine pink, so I added 1 toothpick worth of pink food coloring.
Outline and flood. I really need to work on my decorating cookie skills. I should have went closer to the edge but I didn’t so to fix it I piped stars on the outer edge.
But I also topped some with pink sparkle sugar those were my favorite
Fancy piped edges with sparkles
Mini wrapped in cellophane to stay fresh
With love and cupcakes,
Recipe: Roll Out Sugar Cookies
5 ½ cups flour half
3 cups sugar half
4 large eggs half
1 lb butter (salted) half
1 tablespoon lemon extract
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Beat the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and extracts and beat until super fluffy. Then slowly add in the flour. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours. Once ready to bake, roll out, cut and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees depending on the size of the cookies. Allow to cool and decorate with royal icing. I would use this recipe because mine was a bit funky and I ended up winging it.