Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Valentine's Cut-Out Cookies & Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Late Valentine's Day everyone. Hope it was lovely for you. A time of love, memories, and sugar commas.

There's been a lot of sweets in this house lately. It's time for a cleanse. No more sugar for a LONG while. Geeze.
For my daughter's class's Valentine's Day party, I made heart cut out sugar cookies. They turned out so yummy. I absolutely love this cookie recipe.

Roll-Out Cookies:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened,  2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar,  2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons Clear Vanilla Extract , 1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream butter w/ sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Knead in a small amount of icing color, if desired.

Do not chill dough.

On floured surface, roll dough into balls. At this point I use as much or little dough I need for the cookie cutter to cut out the shapes. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each use.
Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6-7 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

Short of time, I used store bought cream cheese icing, dyed dark pink, with red food coloring.


Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mother in law bought me this cookie book for Christmas. The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book  by Camilla V. Saulsbury (Winner of the Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown Best Cookie Recipe).

I finally used it for the first time yesterday. The book's basis is that each recipe starts with either refrigerated cookie dough, cake mix, brownie mix, or ready to eat cereal. Pretty cool if you are short on time. Plus the cookies I made were crazy good. My shortcut was a box of yellow cake mix.

If you really want the recipe, send me a message and I'll get it to you.  :-)

Once again, I forgot to take a picture of my final product. I really need to step up my game. :-)

So why the sam hill did I make cookies, again after a sugary "holiday" like Valentines?
Oh I have a good story for you. My daughter's class makes a big deal of the 100th day of school. Each child had to bring a project of some sort. Be it 100 rocks, seeds, pennies, 100 stickers on a post board, whatever, in 10 groups of 10. This gets the kindergarteners to count to 100. Pretty exciting.

Well, my little miss told her teacher "my mom's going to make 100 cookies for my project" Oh yeah ???
I was blind sided when her teacher called on Friday night and asked me if I was still going to do that. I guess I am, I said. Well, instead of going at it alone, I brought another parent on bored. So she made 50, I made 50 and the girls presented their project together. TEAMWORK!!! Wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. And they were tasty.

Cut-Out Cookies

Blue-Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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