sugar cookie love.
for a church activity, we had a party (complete with red kool-aid punch) with eight girls and their moms to decorate valentine cookies together. i was assigned to bake the cookies. i secretly planned to buy them. but i couldn't justify it since i had spare time and all the ingredients. i am slowly learning to love making sugar cookies rather than loathe the whole process. i usually text my sister and ask her why in the world am i making sugar cookies again?! i had low expectations this time and was delighted when this batch of hearts came out pretty and soft. maybe my sugar cookie curse has ended! here are a few tips i've learned from trial and error.
break up the process: make dough one day, bake another day and frost another.
or take them to a party instead of fretting over frosting.
watch a lovey movie or listen to music to make it feel festive.
the thicker your cookie shapes, the softer its texture.
use a tried and true recipe: the shorter the ingredient list, the better.
divide your dough into small portions, less re-rolling is preferred.
i once read that martha stewart only re-rolls leftover scraps once.
make blob cookies from the end of your dough scraps.
they taste equally delicious and blob cookie calories don't count.
cookies should only bake for approximately eight minutes, watch them closely.
soak cookie cutters for a few minutes and towel dry.
and my favorite tip:
hold the backside of your cookie sheet under cold tap water to cool it quickly for reuse.
do you have any sugar cookie tips to share?