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How I "do" cookies (recipes and photo guide)

post #1 of 36
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People have asked how I make my cookies and if I have any tips, so here is my "tutorial" of sorts.

My sugar cookie recipe

3 1/2 cups (460 grams) all purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder

1 cup (227 grams) butter, room temperature

1 1/2 cups (300 grams) granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract ( I usually do one almond and one vanilla)

Mix just until the flour is incorporated, do not over mix or your cookies will be tough.
Chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour. I usually seperate the dough into 3 or 4 dics so that it makes rolling it out easier and you end up handling the dough less.

Picture 1 is how I roll out the dough.

Picture 2 is how to hand cut your cookie.

On a side note, to get a super smooth cookie take a clean rolling pin and lightly roll over your freshly baked cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.

To be continued.......
LL
LL
momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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post #2 of 36
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The next step is making your royal icing. THis is the recipe that I like.
2 pounds C&H powdered sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
2/3 cup water (more or less depending on how thick/thin you want your icing)
enough flavoring to take away the meringue taste ( about 4 tsp vanilla, 4 tsp almond, 1 tsp lemon about works for me. )

beat for 5 to 7 minutes

color as you desire.

I use only one bowl and one spoon to color with and then just rinse between color making. I find it saves time and dirty dishes in the long run.
I prefer to use parchment triangles for my icing with the exception of my outlining bag....I use a plastic disposable for that with a tip 2 in it and med thick icing.
My flooding icing is quite thin. I like it to "melt" into itself within a count of 3. Think elmers glue consistency.

To be continued......
LL
momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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post #3 of 36
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When I am outlining a cookie I like to have my image right next to me that I am copying. I start at the easiest point to copy and move on. Usually that is the outlining of the shape, but sometimes like in this cookie it is the hat first, then the rest of it. Here are some pictures to give you the basic idea.....and that is really all there is to it.
LL
LL
LL
momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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momma to six sweeties: Katie 99, Kam 01, Kalen 02, Kody 03, Klara Jane 05, & Karson 5/08
wife to my submariner hubby Steve since 3/4/99
cake maker extraordiniare (haha) since 12/14/05
cookie lover since 3/07
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post #4 of 36
Wow.............. thanks for sharing. Your leprechauns are awesome.

Dee in
AZ
It all started with an idea and some sugar!
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It all started with an idea and some sugar!
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post #5 of 36
Great!!! I love the tip about rolling the tops of the fresh baked cookies. Makes perfect sense! Thanks!
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me". Erma Bombeck
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When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me". Erma Bombeck
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If God is for us, who can be against us?
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post #6 of 36
How sweet are you for this!! Great Post
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Baking is life's true Joy!
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Be the change you want to see in the world!!!

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you mean the world.

Baking is life's true Joy!
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post #7 of 36
Thank you so much for posting this, I'm really visual, so the pictures ov each step are great! And I can't wait to try the recipes next week when I make some cookies. Thanks!! icon_biggrin.gif
My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
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My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
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post #8 of 36
Your cookies are awesome! Thanks for the tutorial!
post #9 of 36
Nice job! I am sure your tutorial will be very helpful to a lot of people!
post #10 of 36
How nice of you to make this tutorial. Thanks a million.
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Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
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post #11 of 36
thanks so much for the info I am new to this site and learning lots
post #12 of 36
Thanks for the info. You make it look so easy. Your cookies are so well done. I looks like you finished the white background last, or at least just b4 the smoke. I never would have thought of that, gives it a clean finish.
"Life is only as SWEET as you make it"
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"Life is only as SWEET as you make it"
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post #13 of 36
Thanks so much for taking your precious time to help a bunch of us out! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

You are truely an artist!!! icon_smile.gif
post #14 of 36
Thank you soo much, as a novice cookie maker this comes in really handy!!!

Gracias!
post #15 of 36
I don't often do cookies, but have searched for a good recipe. Thanks for sharing. BTW, your coookies are awesome and the tutorial is much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
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Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
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