What’s the Idea?
Baking sugar cookies is fun and easy to do on your own or with kids!
What’s the story
We enjoy making themed biscuits for almost any occasion whether its Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter or for someone’s birthday!
The kids love to search through the cookie cutter draw and pick out their shapes and designs and most importantly pick out their favourite toppings!
People should do this because…?
Its fun, easy and most ingredients can already be found in your kitchen cupboard! The kids enjoy the baking and creating aspect and adding their own personal touches.
It can get the whole family in the mood for an occasion and can be done in stages if you don’t have time to complete the whole process at once.
The dough can also be frozen if you want to save some for another day.
There are hundreds of recipes out there from ‘less sugary’ sugar biscuits to those with a little spice, you are guaranteed to find one that suits your taste!
How do you do it?
How to make the dough:
- In a medium sized bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and put to one side
- In a large bowl mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use a fork or electric mixer
- Add the egg and vanilla to the butter and mix together (we sometimes use a bit of almond flavour to give an extra yummy last!)
- Gradually add the sifted dry ingredients until it becomes a thick dough and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour for best results!
- Once the dough has chilled preheat the oven to 200°C
- On slightly floured surface roll out the dough (we find it easier to roll out half the dough at a time)
- Roll out the dough to the desired thickness
- Get stuck in with your cookie cutters. If you don’t have any cutters you could use the top of a glass or simply create your own shapes
- Use something like a spatula to place the cookies on a greased or baking paper lined tray making sure the cookies don’t touch each other
- Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes or until they start to turn brown around the edges
- Place on a cooling rack and make sure they are completely cool before you start decorating!
How to make the icing:
- Mix together the confectioners’ sugar and warm water
- Stir until the icing is smooth and thick enough to mould
- Adjust the consistency of the icing by adding more confectioners’ sugar or more water, as needed
- To change the colour of the icing simply add food colouring
- Decorate the cookies with icing, sprinkles and candies
Stuff you may need
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for the Icing
- One 1-pound box icing sugar
- 1/3 cup warm water
- Food colouring (optional)
- Sprinkles and decorations
- Mixing bowls
- Fork, Spoon (electric mixer – optional)
- Baking tray
- Non-stick baking paper
- Rolling pin
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Cookie cutters