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Top Five Friday: Sugar Cookie Edition

I know I haven’t been very active on my blog over the last week, but I can assure you that I have been a very busy girl. Although most of my time was spent doing mandatory things (like those pesky papers that never seem to end), I also spent some time doing a few baking orders. Four to be exact. It was a bit overwhelming, of course, but it was also time well spent. I have decided that in lieu of my many orders, I would end the work week (and start the weekend) with a top five list of my all time favourite sugar cookies that I have had the privilege of making.

Let’s count down, friends.

NUMBER FIVE

Black on white is one of my favourite combinations. From paisley designs to zebra print, black and white patterns get me every time! I experimented with some of the extra cookies that I had from an order and tried to use up some of the icing I had left. These mis-matched cookies are the result.

NUMBER FOUR

I decorated these little heart cookies only a month or two ago. They were the first cookies I did where I used a paintbrush to get the feathery finish. I absolutely adore flowers so I just had to test it out. I think my favourite part is the metallic “dusting powder”. They give these cookies the sheen that they need (I posted about the new techniques I tried not too long ago. CLICK HERE to read that post)!

NUMBER THREE

These cookies were done for a baby shower. They turned out “beary” cute. They were accompanied by some little tangerine coloured baby carriages. I personally loved the bears the most though!

NUMBER TWO

Last summer, my sister and I hosted a tea party for our grandmother. I made these cookies to go along with all of the sandwiches, crackers and cheese, fruits and veggies, and of course, tea. I love pastel, muted colours so I had fun doing these.

And finally…

NUMBER ONE

These are definitely my favourite cookies to date…there’s no doubt “a-boot” it! I created these cookies in celebration of the life of a young lady who passed away last summer. She loved country music and cowboy boots. I’m not a country girl myself, but I did enjoy creating these!

There you have it! If you haven’t already realized from reading my blog, I am a sugar cookie-enthusiast. I don’t always post about them on here, but if you are interested in some of my other baking creations, you can make your way over to my exclusively-baking blog DIARY OF A COOKIE CUTTER. I post pictures and recipes of the baked goods I have tested and tried.

Thanks for reading. As usual, I hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend. And if you’re up for it, pull out your hand beaters and decorating bags. Nothing beats a good cookie!

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The Day of Love

Hello out there to all of you bloggers (and blog readers). As I am sure you already know, today is February the 14th. So I would like to say…

I won’t take much of your time since I really don’t have anything very significant to share, but I just wanted to drop a few lines regarding this “special” (or not-so-special) day. I am sure you have heard the whines and complaints from the majority of your friends about how they are “forever alone” on this day of love. I think complaining about how alone you are has become almost as cliche as the sappy holiday itself.

Although it may seem kind of sad to be “alone” on the holiday revolved around love, there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, I believe that Valentine’s Day should not be solely celebrated as a romantic holiday, but instead should be a reminder to love on everybody who is special in our lives. Romantic love is not the only kind of love or even the most powerful. We have endless opportunities to show love to our friends, our families, and even complete strangers. Love is a very powerful expression, regardless of what form it takes.

Not only that, but we should also remember that Valentine’s Day should not be the only day that we show other people that we love them. Every day can be an opportunity to show some loving.

So here’s a thought: instead of spending what is left of this loving holiday complaining about your lack of a significant other, why not spend it showing those you do have in your life some love. Show your appreciation with some cookies, a nice card, or even some simple kind words. Encourage one another.

And just one last thought, if it so happens that you never find a significant other, just do what any rational woman would do…

Become a crazy cat lady.

(This is MY special Valentine this year!)

Enjoy the moments you have left on this day. And please, please, please remember that every day is a day to love. Valentine’s blessings,

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Sugar Cookies

If you are anything like me, you LOVE to decorate cookies. My favourite cookies to bake are sugar cookies because they give you the freedom to make them as beautiful (or as ugly) as you would like. I have decided to share my Best Ever Sugar Cookie recipe with you so you can bring out your inner-decorator!

The recipe is easy and almost fool proof. Here it is:

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

PROCESS

1. Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

Tip: I used to hate using electric beaters because I thought my baking would be more “authentic” if I did it “the old fashioned way”. But I learned that using an electric beater actually makes your cookies fluffy and more desirable. So be a peach, use the beater.

2. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and continue to beat until the dough is smooth.

3. Divide the dough into two balls and wrap each ball in plastic wrap. Place the balls in the fridge and refrigerate for at least an hour.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Flour a surface and roll out sections of the dough with a rolling pin. I prefer my cookies to be fairly thin, but if they are too thin they will easily crack. Roll dough until it reaches a desirable thickness (1/4″ to 1/2″). Cut dough with cookie cutters.

5. Place cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Cool cookies completely before decorating.

ICING: Mix a little bit of softened butter, a little bit of milk, and a fair bit of icing sugar together in a bowl. Add icing sugar until it reaches a desired consistency. You can add food colouring to achieve your desired colours. Then decorate away, in whichever way you please!

Be creative and enjoy the process–hard work makes eating them that much more rewarding. One of my favourite things about sugar cookies is that they can be used for a variety of occasions. All you have to do is customize your shapes and your decorating!

Happy baking!

Check out my tumblr account Diary of a Cookie Cutter to see some of the many sugar cookie creations I have made!

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