Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Cookies



I found this impressive technique of Marbling Royal Icing on many a food blog and decided to give it a shot.
It makes Sugar cookies look so pretty. And it's so easy to accomplish.
I was very happy with the results, I gave cookies to my mom, my grandma and a friend of mine friend.





I also tried this chocolate sugar cookie recipe that would be my go to from now on.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

This recipe yields a small amount of cookies, if you're using a large size of cookie cutters.

Ingredients:

105g All-purpose flour
30g Dutch process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
85g unsalted butter, at room temperature
90g confectioners’ sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:
1. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add the egg and vanilla. W
4. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated and the flour is invisible.
5. Form the dough into a disc, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or up to 24hrs.
6. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and on a lightly floured surface roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick. Working quickly as it is quite a soft dough, re-refrigerate if needed.
7. With cookie cutters cut and place cut outs on the prepared baking sheet.
8. Bake 10-12 minutes, careful not to over bake.
9. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Annie's Eats

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