Thursday, February 4, 2010

Super Bowl Sugar Cookies (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Every time I make cut out sugar cookies I'm reminded just how much I hate making them. They're just so fussy and time-consuming. But I forget about all that until I'm in the midst of all that fuss and time. Beforehand, I have delusions of decorating grandeur, dreaming and planning and drawing out the designs that I'm going to meticulously and perfectly place with my pastry bag and decorating tips. Then about two hours into the decorating, I look around me and see a completely trashed kitchen with bags, tips and frosting everywhere and I'm sick and tired of decorating. But I still have three dozen cookies left to decorate! That's when I throw in the towel and slap on a coat of icing and some sprinkles and call it a day. Like this football helmet:

It was supposed to be decorated like a Colt's helmet but I wanted to take a nap. And this football:

It was supposed to be covered with rich chocolate icing and have the little laces done in white, but I wanted to take a nap. (I think I may have a problem with getting sleepy when I'm overwhelmed...LOL)

Anyway, I did manage to decorate about a dozen with the little Colt's horseshoe but the rest got blue sprinkles and I got my nap!

The best part of this whole process was developing a new recipe for sugar cookie dough. I just love the flavor of these cookies, with or without icing. The secret ingredient is buttery sweet dough flavoring from King Arthur Flour. It really gives these cookies that special "bakery made" flavor. You can substitute all vanilla if you don't have this on hand, however.

Super Bowl Sugar Cookies (GO COLTS!)

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups white sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp buttery sweet dough flavoring (or vanilla extract)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
5 1/2 cups flour (plus more for rolling out cookies. I heavily dusted my parchment paper before rolling)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in eggs, sour cream, buttery sweet dough flavoring and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture and combine thoroughly. Divide dough into two pieces, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove from refrigerator about a half hour before rolling and cutting. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out dough between floured sheets of parchment paper. For thinner, smaller cookies roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness. For larger cookies roll dough out a little thicker.

Cut into shapes with your favorite cookie cutters and transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake for 6-9 minutes, depending on thickness of cookie. Let cool for a minute or two before removing to cooling rack.

I iced the Colts cookies with just a glaze made from powdered sugar and water but for the rest of the cookies I used the recipe below.

Buttercream Icing

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp clear vanilla
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximate 1 lb)
3 Tbsp meringue powder
2 Tbsp milk

Sift together confectioners' sugar and meringue powder.

Cream butter and shortening with electric mixer. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape down beater and sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been beaten in icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered while decorating as it dries out quickly.

32 comments:

Frieda said...

What a cute Colt cookie! In fact, I have a batch of sugar cookie dough chillin' in the fridge ~ great minds think alike, eh?

You should invite a bunch of kids over to decorate...that would be fun!

Who says you have to decorate all of them? I like 'em plain, too!

June said...

They're beautiful Mags and so darn much work, but certainly worth it. Funny I was looking at a soft sugar cookie recipe just a few minutes ago too. Mmmm - with Frieda, that makes 3 of us. Yikes!

LS said...

Your cookies are adorable (even though I am rooting for the Saints this weekend! ;) )!!

I can COMPLETELY relate to your comments on the hassle of making them though. I live in an apartment right now which means every single possible kitchen surface is COVERED WITH STUFF! agh!

Enjoy the game!

HoneyB said...

Yes, my hoosier brother is cheering on the Colts too! ;) Love the cookies and you did a great job even if you were tired!

lakegirl said...

Love the Colts cookies! So fun! I hear you, sugar cookies are sooooo much work.

We're still mourning the Vikings loss at my house!

Anonymous said...

How much butter do you use?

Anonymous said...

How much butter do you use?

Mags said...

Anonymous: Thanks for catching that error. I've edited the recipe and it is now correct as written.

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I really adore all the wonderful Superbowl food ideas! I’m definitely making these cookies! Sound really delicious. Thank you so much for sharing.

Best Regards,

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Mags, Didn't you use the wrong colors to decorate them???

George Gaston said...

Mags, what fabulous looking cookies! An iced sugar cookie is my absolute favorite. Never are two alike, thus making each an original.

Are there any job openings in your office? I want to work there just for all of your weekly treats!

stephchows said...

mmmmmm they looks so good!!! I'd get sick and tired of decorating too :)

Abby said...

Wow, those Colt cookies are awesome! I'm so impressed! Whenever I make sugar cookies, they are always of the smeared with frosting and dusted with sprinkles variety! =)

Co Irker said...

Everybody sing:
Sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey,
Pour a little sugar on it baby
I'm gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah

I'm talking the Archies not Def Leppard (although honestly, I like both songs - how's that for cringe worthy?)

We've had sugar cookies from you before and they were so good. These were magnificent. So soft and the icing, oh, the icing. I chose a buttercream one and it was divine. So I for one love the fact that you wanted a nap if these were the results.

Thank you so much our spunky, suave savant.

TGIF

Megan said...

I know what you mean about the decorating after awhle. If each one is a work of art, it can get very tiring. I'm making sugar cookies this weekend for Valentines day. I'm cheating and decorating with wafer paper. My first time so we'll see how that works. LOL

Karen said...

Oh, I can't even imagine trying to decorate cookies - it would drive me up the wall. I'm sure the co-irkers will appreciate your efforts even if they're not all decorated with the little horseshoe (or whatever... sorry I don't watch football) LOL

Cookie said...

Go Colts! I love these cookies! I recently tried icing and it didn't turn out so well...

Anonymous said...

WHO DAT SAY DEY GON BEAT DEM SAINTS??

Velva said...

Those sugar cookies may be fussy but they sure beautiful. I love all of your cookies that you share on this blog. I know I have said this before....Can I be one of your co-Irkers?

Mags said...

Thanks for all your wonderful comments! I'm really looking forward to the game on Sunday.

Lea said...

OK - Mags - Nice cookies - but you didn't finish the S - in Saints!!!! And you needed a bit more dye for black - instead of that baby blue! But, I am sure they taste good!!! I am in Louisiana and HAD to say it!!! hehehe

Moogie said...

Mags, you had me at 'NAP'.

Sweet and Savory said...

I want to be a co-irker of you could send me two dozen...I prefer the sprinkles.

I love reading your posts. Want to move next dooe?unmetwa

Jenny said...

These look awesome! Go Colts!!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Very impressive Sugar Bowl Cookies! Who are you cheering for?!

ap269 said...

These cookies are supercute!!!!!!! Will you come over and decorate some cookies for my daughter's birthday party next weekend? Hmm, that would be kind of expensive, though. Maybe I save some money for next year - lol!

Debbie said...

I love, love, love cut out cookies but I feel just like you when I make them. They are a lot of work and flour is everwhere! Lots of clean up and time consuming...oh but they taste so good! Yours look terrific..I love the frosting and design...

Daily Freebies said...

Yummy! Looks great! Nice work =]

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very cute little cookies! They look great.

msmeanie said...

Lovely cookies! You are hilarious again. I find myself in the same mess when I try to frost a cake. Visions of a beautifully frosted cake with colorful decorations turns into a slop of chocolate frosting with sprinkles. I'm glad you got your nap!

www.crabbycook.com said...

Great camera work. Sorry about the game.

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

I love these cookies!! I was thinking that I needed to make some Colts and/or Buckeye sugar cookies. Yours look great! :)