spring cookies.

in the spirit of easter and the beautiful spring weather, i decided to whip up some sugar cookies this weekend.

as i mentioned here, i had some work commitments this weekend in the city, which meant i had limited time to spend with my family.  luckily i had friday free, so i took a short road trip out of the city to spend the day with my nearest and dearest.

IMG_2616^^feeling a lot like easter at my grandparents house.

since i didn’t want to show up at my grandparents empty handed, i decided these sugar cookies would be the perfect treat to bring.  the night before i left, i quickly made the dough and refrigerated it overnight.  when i woke up in the morning, i took the dough out of the fridge and baked the cookies.  once the cookies were baked and cooled, i packed myself up and headed out of town for the day.  since i would be hanging out with my sister and cousin for the day, i decided to wait to decorate the cookies with them.

these cookies are super easy to make, don’t take too long, and decorating them is a hilariously fun activity to do with friends.

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dough ingredients (makes 3 dozen):

-3 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1 cup unsalted butter, softened
-1 cup sugar
-1 egg, beaten
-1 tablespoon milk
-powdered sugar, for rolling out dough

directions:

  1. sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  set aside.
  2. place butter and sugar in large bowl and beat with electric mixer until light in colour.  add egg and beat to combine.
  3. on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from side of bowl.
  4. wrap dough in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  5. preheat oven to 375.
  6. sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar.  remove dough from fridge and sprinkle pin with powdered sugar.  roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  7. cut into desired shapes and place 1 inch apart on a greased baking sheet.  bake for 7-9 minutes.
  8. remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and move to complete cooling on wire rack.

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^^getting the surface ready to roll out the dough.

IMG_2531^^rolled out to 1/4 inch thick.

IMG_2532^^cutting out the cookies.

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^
^cut out and ready to be baked.

IMG_2539^^awaiting for the cookie to cool.

icing ingredients:

-4 cups powdered sugar
-3 tbsp meringue powder
-5 tbsp of warm water

directions:

  1. sift together powdered sugar and meringue powder.
  2. add water as you stir to create a mixture with the consistency similar to toothpaste.
  3. divide mixture into 4 and add one drop of food colouring to each and stir.
  4. place coloured icing into pastry bags, squirt bottles, or ziploc bags (depending on your personal preference).
  5. outline each cookie with icing, then fill in the rest.
  6. let dry and ENJOY!

IMG_2564^^icing pre food colouring.

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^^one drop of food colouring and mix.

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^^fill ziploc bag with icing sugar and cut a teeny hole in the corner.

IMG_2565^^getting out the decorations.

IMG_2589 ^^start by piping the edges, then fill in the inside.

IMG_2597^^the final product! yum!!

even though i wish i could have spent more time with my family this weekend, i’m grateful for all the fun memories and laughs i snuck in with my family and friends this weekend!

happy monday everyone!!

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“the only real stumbling block is fear of failure. in cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” -julia child

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