Guest post from most favorite now and forever daughter-in-law…Cassie Adrian, Manhattan, Kansas
“Last night and today I should have been doing homework. And whenever I should be doing homework, and it is not the day it is due, I am very good at finding other activities that keep me occupied. I can do that pesky homework tomorrow!
I love sugar cookies. They are probably my favorite of all the cookies, but in the six years since I have had my own kitchen, I have never made them. I figured this out when I realized that I do not own a single cookie cutter. But I really needed to put off that homework, so I decided to make something time consuming and required a lot of clean up. Sugar cookies to the rescue.
I used this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She has some great recipes on her blog that I have made including her Mexican Lasagna, Super Ban Burritos, Smoked Turkey Brie and Apple Panini, Black Beans and Rice, and Baked Oatmeal. This Friday is a salad themed potluck at my work and I have all the stuff for Creamy 5-Cup Fruit Salad (at this point I feel the need to quote my dad who calls these “potblessings” because “there is no such thing as luck only blessings from the Lord”).
Since I have already confessed that I do not own cookie cutters, I pulled out a tool my husband uses to plate food when he makes something fancy. Basically it is a metal biscuit cutter, but only a little larger. Here is how they turned out…
Okay other than the one light colored cookie, which fell apart when I tried to frost it, all of these are from the last batch. Apparently you have to push the start button on the timer!
That’s better. I made the cream cheese frosting, which I don’t think I would make again. It is super light and fluffy but I prefer the super sweet original frosting for sugar cookies.
What helped these cookies to be a success…
My beater blade. I have the red tilt-head mixer beater blade that matches my red tilt-head KitchenAid. I love it. It perfectly incorporated the cookie dough and frosting so I did not have to keep stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl. It is a must have for any KitchenAid project that requires the paddle. Oh, if you are wondering where you can get this fantastic little tool, just stop by Adrian’s. Last time I was there they had two or three colors for each mixer size.
I also baked these cookies on my…
USA Bakewear jelly roll pan.
Disclaimer (the burnt cookies were not baked on this pan. I was using another cookie sheet from a big box store.)
I absolutely LOVE this. It is super high quality and I use way more often than just when I make cookies. It is great for roasting veggies, baking biscuits, baking sheet cakes, pumpkin rolls, roasting meats, and toasting nuts and oats for granola,. Since I have owned this beauty, it has been in my oven more than all of my other bakeware combined! As I wedding gift I received a set of a very expensive brand cookie sheets, but tossed them after only a couple years. This lead me to the belief that you should buy the cheapest pans possible and after the hundreds of Christmas cookies, toss them out. But this bad boy made me realize that cookie sheets did not have to be disposable. As soon as Adrian’s had these in stock, I knew I had to have one. It may even have been the first one that left the building. And the best part, nothing sticks to it. I was a little concerned that the ridges would collect gunk, but cleaning this pan is so easy (which probably contributes to the reason I use it so often)!
What would make these cookies perfect and hide the fact that I did not cream the cream cheese and sugar well enough is…
Diamond shimmer sugar from Adrian’s! This picture does not do this product justice. It is so beautiful and really looks like you are eating jewelry (in a good way, not like it is rock solid and hurts your teeth). If you want to add a little pizzazz to your cookies, cakes, or cupcakes, get this stuff! It is dazzling.!
Okay now I’m off to do some homework. Oh but wouldn’t my nails look so cute in that new bright coral/orange nail polish I just bought. New plan, paint my nails, wait an hour or so for them to dry, then I will do homework. Yes, I like that plan better!”
THANK YOU for sharing Cassie! So glad that you’re a “foodie” just like me!
(& YES she is my now & forever favorite daughter-in-law! ~Vicki)
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