Tuesday, December 09, 2008

TWD: Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookie

Another cookie with a mouthful for a name! This week I'm up to speed and doing what everyone else is doing.

I don't really have a "go to" sugar cookie recipe. I don't actually tend to bake many cookies that call for sprinkles and decoration. In a word, I am lazy. (I'll even admit to taking the easy way out on this one) I have made them in the past, and I like them. When I'm baking cookies, however, I usually go with something chunkier. Or chocolate. Which is interesting, because I almost like chocolate chip cookie dough without the chips almost more than with. But I digress.

These cookies were a pleasant surprise. They are an easy easy cookie to make. I used my stand mixer, and the dough came together in about five minutes. I did mix in the last bit of flour by hand. I chose to make slice and bake logs instead of rolling and cutting. See, I told you I was lazy. I put the logs in the freezer for about half an hour to speed up the process, and then kept them in the fridge until I was ready to bake. You can also make a couple of disks, and then do the roll and cut thing.

The boy helped me choose the sugar sprinkle colors. We chose to roll one roll in pink sugar. That made a pretty cookie with pink edges.



The second log got different colored sugars sprinkled on top. Green, orange, or yellow.



I like that the logs can be stored in the freezer for a while. This would be a perfect dough to have stashed away so that I could slice and bake pretty much at will. And I think the possibilities for variations are endless. I'm already imagining mini chocolate chips, or orange cream cheese frosting (I have to find that blog!), or a dab of jam, or crystallized ginger, or.... See. Endless.

This is definitely a keeper recipe. It's a good basic. Thanks, Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein for this choice. Next week I'm making last week's recipe. I know. It's confusing. You'll see. It all works out in the end.

25 comments:

Cakelaw said...

Love these - I wish I'd done the slice and bake option.

Cristine said...

Mmmm... chocolate chips would be great! :)

Maya said...

I have to post mine yet, maybe this evening. I am with you on the slice and bake option.

Sabrina said...

I did both logs and shapes... The logs were a lot easier to do!! I loved your cookies with the pink sugar edges. So pretty!!!!!

SiHaN said...

i'm rather happy with the storage capabilities of this dough as well. Just freeze and bake any time you want! lovely work on the cookies anyway! *yum*

Kayte said...

Oh, I love those cookies...the ones with the pink on the edges are so pretty and dainty...I am going to try that...I have so little pink in my life with all these guys, that these would be so pretty...and also for Valentine's Day. Great post...nice suggestions...and I love that you love red hots as much as I do...very fun.

Mike Spoodles said...

Oooh! Love the colors!

Amy said...

They look great! I love the rim of colored sugar....these were awesome cookies!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look great! I'm going to try the slice and bake next time around.

Candy said...

I went with the logs too! They are great.

Flourchild said...

Im glad you liked the cookies. I think they look pretty!

Gabe's Girl said...

How cute and perfectly colorful!

Cathy said...

I'm going to have a hard time ever doing cut outs again now that I now how easy the slice and bake logs are! Yours look great -- the pink ones are my favorites!

kim said...

they look yummy! :) i am definitely doing slice and bake next time... so much easier ;)

n.o.e said...

Love the cookies with the sprinkles on the edges. I'm filing that away for future reference. We do love a rolled cookie around here, though. And I will probably post out of order at the end of the month. Kind of fun!
Nancy

chocolatechic said...

These were so great.

I say 'were' because mine are all gone and I made them on Sunday.

Marthe said...

Yep, Dorie sure loves long names for her recipes ;)

I can't wait to try them, mine are in the oven at the moment.... I decided to roll out the dough, but had some trouble... Must have had too little patience...

Tammy said...

I am going to do the slice and bake thing next time. I love the pink sugared edges!

Fit Chick said...

Definately a slice and bake dough! Your sprinkles are so pretty, nice job.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love the pink sprinkles on the edge.

Peggy said...

oh I love the pink edged ones! Those would be my first choice off of your cookie plate. Yum. I can't wait to make these myself.

Rebecca said...

Laziness is next to godliness, right?

Lorie said...

Those look great! I love sugar cookies!

Leslie said...

I am also lazy when it comes to decorating, and I rolled mine in sugar, too. I wish I'd done pink sugar like you did 'cuz I love pink!

ostwestwind said...

This recipe is definitely a keeper, I agree.

Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein