Thursday, March 12, 2009

Marbled Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Have been baking two days in a row for SooHui's Project Home Roadshow. Went to few places to look for dog shape cookie cutter, but end up only able to get dog bone shape :(

Used thekitchn's recipe of "Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies" but omitted the cream cheese to save cost.

3 cups butter, softened at room temperature for an hour
3 cups sugar
3 eggs
6 ounces cream cheese (3/4 of a standard cream cheese package)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
9 cups flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and add the sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until golden. Add the cream cheese and again beat until well incorporated. Add the flavorings and lemon zest.

Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl then add, bit by bit, to the butter/sugar mixture.You will have chosen a large bowl for this particular recipe, I hope - mine was overflowing by this point and I ended up doing the final mix in a large plastic bag.

Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour - preferably overnight.

Heat the oven to 350° F. Divide the dough into smaller balls and roll out 1/4 to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out cookies.

Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes, depending on thickness. The small, thinner ones started browning after about 8 minutes, and I didn't want these brown at all. The larger ones had a slight golden bottom after 11 minutes, which was perfect for my purposes.

Let cool before icing or decorating, and store in a tightly covered container.

(Mine was too sticky, so I had to add in additional few cups of flour)

Was told that the cookies lack of taste... maybe because I cut down the sugar by one cup. I always cut down the sugar by 1/3 in all recipes.

Hmm... lots more to improve... ganbate eve.


sooyin said...

maybe if we don't need to rush like that it will turn out better..
but the taste of the cookies was fine to me..

ganbade kudasai!

sarahg said...

i think these look amazing. and very clever of you to cut it out so that the animals have different colours. just to share, i read that you cannot cut more than 20% of sugar from the receipe bec it affects the texture. Also, I find that if the dough is too sticky, it is better to shove it into a freezer for one minute or two and then cut. did tht for gingerbread men - it took forever but it was easier cos their heads stayed on ha ha ha!