Okay, the end is in sight. I've actually baked both cookies 11 and 12, now it's just a matter of getting the writing done. Funny how even though I said that I'm not very fond of roll and cut cookies, I seem to have selected an awful lot of them to make for this project. =) I planned from the very beginning to make this one, and I thought I was going to save it for last, making a nice circle with my opening spiced cutouts. But I changed my mind. Instead, I bring you these vanilla sugar cookies for Day 11.
These turned out to be great for what I needed them for. Quite a while back, I agreed to help out with the holiday party for Brianna's first grade class. I planned to bake cookies, like I did last year. And I did bake cookies for eating--I made another batch of the chocolate candy cane cookies. But as we were planning a couple weeks ago, I got an email from the party organizer asking if I could bake cookies for decorating. We decided simple rounds would be best, since we were supposed to avoid reference to any particular holidays.
I mixed up the dough Tuesday night and baked the cookies Wednesday night. (The party was on Thursday.) The dough was very straightforward to make--the usual mix of butter, sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, an egg and some vanilla. The only unusual ingredient was a bit of sour cream. I didn't bother dividing up the dough; I just flattened it out and wrapped up the whole thing in plastic wrap. When it was time to roll, I cut the dough in half with my bench scraper and worked with one piece at a time. I totally missed the part in the instructions about using sugar on the counter when rolling out the dough. I just used flour. The dough was a bit hard to roll out--I had to let it warm up quite a bit before rolling. And even then, it had a tendency to want to break when I was rolling. But I got my circles cut out, put them on parchment lined baking sheets, and chilled them on the pans for 10-15 minutes before baking. I baked them for close to 15 minutes before they started to get any color around the edges.
The verdict? I don't know that I'll make these again. They worked fine for decorating, and baked up flat and even. But they didn't have a whole lot of flavor. Maybe using sugar for rolling them out would have helped, but I'm not so sure about that. I have other vanilla sugar cookie recipes that I like more. But I don't think the kids really cared that much about that. They were having too much fun with the sprinkles...
decorated by one of the kids in B's class--I don't know, you can still see the cookies... =)
If you'd like to give these a try, you can find the recipe here. And be sure to check out the other bakers participating in the 12 Days of Cookies to see what they've baked up recently! =)
Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks
Judy of No Fear Entertaining
Kelly of Sass & Veracity
Michelle of Big Black Dog
RJ of Flamingo Musings
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project