Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Donuts & Trees

You would think since I make cupcakes and cakes, I would naturally make sugar cookies. But guess what...I never have.  I made some cookies, but never decorated any with the royal icing and all. I kind of had an idea of what to do, but still looked for some tips on the good ol' internetz.

One of my favorite blogs to read is Bake 350. Her cookies are amazing and so creative. So when I was in search for a great sugar cookie recipe, I went straight to Bake 350 for one! It's so very easy, and tasty.

Seriously, you only need 7 ingredients. The only thing I was missing was the almond extract, but just make sure to follow Bake 350's cookie recipe. 

Once you have your dough, still make sure to mix with your hands since you will have a few crumbs. And then you can place on a clean floured surface and begin to roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch.

As for your cookie shape, you will need a cookie cutter of your choice. I made these cookies with the intention of creating a donut shape cookie. So first, I needed a round cutter. 

Once I had my larger circles cut out, I cut small circles to the center of them. Right before I baked my cookies, I placed the cookie sheet with the cookies in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Then they were ready to bake at 350 for 10-12 mins. Once cooled, I began decorating. I didn't take pictures of my decorating, mostly because I never had done it before and wasn't quite sure if they would work out. But I got the royal icing recipe for cookie decorating from here.

I decorated half of my donuts with a bright pink icing, and sprinkles. Really wish I had long sprinkles, but these worked out just fine.

And I also made some that looked like chocolate donuts too! Can't forget about the chocolate ones! 

Oh yeah, and since I had extra dough, I decided to make some Christmas trees too. I didn't plan these very well so I kind of improvised and kept them simple. 

And there you have it, donuts and trees! Here's to my first time making sugar cookies. I thought they came out pretty good. Now I have more of an idea what my game plan will be next time I make sugar cookies again. And these cookies were delicious and chewy, husband approved!


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