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Substitutions with the No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe?

post #1 of 19
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Hi!!

Last weekend I tried out the No-Fail Sugar Cookie recipe here. They certainly were no fail! They came out like a charm. However, they were a bit on the hard side for my tastes. I'm searching for a soft sugar cookie along the lines of Cheryl & Co. Cookies (if you've ever had theirs..)

I was wondering if anyone had tried substituting Butter-Flavored Crisco for regular butter in the recipe? I know BF Crisco makes a softer chocochip cookie than using butter, so I was hypothesizing that it might do the same for the sugar cookie recipe.

Any one tried this? TIA!!
post #2 of 19
I'm guessing you overbaked the cookies. They should be firm, but the recipe does not make a crisp cookie.
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post #3 of 19
Also, how thick/thin did you make them? Perhaps you made them too thin? Sorry, don't know about the crisco part. I know what you mean about what it does to chocolate chip cookies but I think the priciples of the 2 recipes are different.
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post #4 of 19
I've not had mine come out crisp either, unless I rolled them too thin. I don't know about substituting the Crisco. I try not to change things too much, because I just end up messing them up!
post #5 of 19
I do replace the butter with crisco. I've tried butter flavored but don't really like the taste. The reason I substituted it was because I wanted a blander cookie that could use a sweeter icing. ALSO because I think it helps make it a firmer cookie. BUT I add ALITTLE bit of water like 2 Tbls. I make my cookies on the thick side and they weren't dry at all. I didn't take pictures but I made 2 dozen pumpkins for the kids at school to self decorate and all the parents couldn't believe they were home made because they really did look like a cookie you would get from Cookies by design. No burnt edges, firm but still soft to bite. Trial and error is my motto. Keep what works FOR YOU.
post #6 of 19
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Okay, I guess I used the wrong wording. They weren't "crisp". But they were firm, and a bit soft on the inside. If you've ever had a Cheryl & Co. cookie they are pretty soft on the inside. Very light and fluffy.

My cookies were about 1/4 of an inch thick and were just barely golden on the sides/bottom so I don't think they were overcooked. They were just like the texture of a cookie from Cookies By Design.

They were good, and were "soft" inside.. I'm just on the quest for softer. Somehow the folks at C&C are able to make a very soft cookie that you can still decorate.. I want to crack the code! thumbs_up.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #7 of 19
How about trying Toba Garrett's butter cookie recipe? I've used that one too and thought it was pretty good. Are those packaged cookies your talking about? If you seal those cookies in an airtight container, they will soften. Also if theyare decorated for awhile, I THINK the icing will help to soften them. I'm just trying suggestions since I'm not familiar with the cookies your talking about. Let us know if you figure it out.
post #8 of 19
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Sadly, I think the C&C shops are only in Ohio. They're mall cookie stores, kind of like Mrs. Fields but 10,000 times better. They also do mail order. But they're not like the kind you buy in the grocery store or wal-mart, etc. They make them every morning, so I don't think its a matter of icing softening, but I'm not sure.

http://www.cherylandco.com/

I might just go to the store next time I'm at that particular mall and ask them! icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks everyone for your help so far! I guess I just need to start experimenting! thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 19
I've never heard of a doughy sugar cookie that is also a cutout cookie. I always thought the super soft sugar cookies were just underbaked. They just seem like sugar cookies that were taken out of the oven before they had a chance to brown.
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post #10 of 19
I made the no-fail cookies, and after decorating them I froze them in a tupperware-type container. When I served them a week later I was surprised to find a nice, soft consistency.

Try it!
post #11 of 19
Here is a link to a recipe for a cookie that was compared to the Cheryl and Co. cookie. My mom makes a recipe similiar to this every Christmas and they are light and soft and make great cut out cookies!

http://www.recipezaar.com/43331
post #12 of 19
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Thanks!!! I'll have to give these a try icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
post #13 of 19
I must be an idiot cause I can't find the recipe for the no-fail sugar cookies. icon_cry.gif I want to try them too.
post #14 of 19
I think it is in the recipe section under cookies....
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post #15 of 19
Here is the link to the No Fail Cookies....

http://www.kitchengifts.com/nofailsugarcookies.html

Tinabee - do you thin that your mom's recipe would be good to make a cookie bouquet out of or are they too soft. I am makin bouquets for all my kids teachers this year! These cookies sound yummy!
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