Welcome to the first official Cooking Club post! I spent some time trying to think of something to share with you guys that would not only be fun but something easy to start out with! What’s easier than sugar cookies? I mean..well I guess Chocolate Chip cookies aren’t so hard either…
Anyways, if you’ve followed my blog for a while you’d know that I really like making things out of sugar cookies. You can make them into just about anything with the right ingredients. Sugar cookie dough is kind of like the play dough of cookies..you can shape it, mold it, press it and if done right, it’ll hold it shape up pretty well when baking!
Below are just a few ways that I have turned something as simple as sugar cookie dough into something really fun to make and fun to look at!
Sugar Cookie fries pulled from the Cartoon Network show Clarence
Hobbit Hole doors from The Hobbit
Cookie Cat cookies from the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe
Sugar Cookie pink sprinkled donuts from The Simpsons
A lot of what I’ve made came from just using a basic sugar cookie recipe or pre-made mix, cookie cutters and some other small ingredients. It really doesn’t take much to turn them into something fun!
So I had a bit of a chime in from some people and the general consensus was that from scratch recipes are the best. So I will provide a pretty easy sugar cookie recipe that you can use however you’re more than welcome to use your own or any that you may find online. This one that I used was pulled from Bakingdom and turned out to be really delicious.
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons (91 grams), confectioners’ sugar (aka powdered sugar)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream* the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until thoroughly combined and fluffy. Stir in the egg and extract(s) until combined. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined. Add the remaining flour, mixing until until thoroughly combined.
Cover and chill for 20 to 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (165 C).
Remove the chilled dough from the refrigerator and shape , mold or press your dough, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 23 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving.
TIP: This was not included in her recipe but I found that it’s better to put the shaped cookies back into the freezer for another 20 minutes or so. This is to ensure that they’ll bake at that shape and they wont spread or puff out too much and lose your detail.
*Fun Fact: Creaming is just a fancy way of saying mix both your butter and sugar together. You’ll know you’ve over mixed when the butter separates, so keep an eye on it! Just mix until fully incorporated
If you’re someone who is more comfortable using pre-packaged mixes..no problem! Most of the time they’ll tell you what to do different to make mold-able cookies. Just follow the bag/box instructions but still pop them in the freezer!
Now, using this recipe I decided to try my had at making the cookie version of Fish Fingers and Custard which you can also find on the Bakingdom site. I had seen the dessert version of this going around on the web earlier this year and had wanted to try my hand in it so I used Cooking Club as a reason to do so!
Here’s how they turned out:
The Fish Fingers are sugar cookies rolled in crushed cinnamon and sugar graham crackers and the custard is actually just vanilla pudding but you can make a custard from scratch if you want (I just didn’t want to and waste it since I couldn’t eat it all).
NOW ITS YOUR TURN!
The challenge this month is to try your hand at turning sugar cookie dough into something fun! It doesn’t have to be elaborate or anything just make something you like. If you have a cookie cutter laying around that you’ve been dying to use, use it! If you want to try to go a step up and create something like some of the things I did, do it!
I just want to encourage everyone to use their imagination and have fun in the kitchen and if you’ve got some little ones, let them create some fun stuff too!
You can share your creations in the challenge forum as well as any social media sites using #igglechefs!
Until next time, Iggles!