Throughout the past few years I've struggled with enjoying roll-out sugar cookies. They taste good, yes, but not as great as regular sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal, or any other type of cookie. I found this recipe online through pinterest and it is amazing! This roll out cookie does not have the typical flour-y taste and instead tastes very butter-y and sugar-y! The recipe is found at http://momadvice.com/blog/2009/12/the-hidden-secrets-to-perfect-cut-out-sugar-cookies .
One Trick that makes this recipe good is the "Reverse Mixing" ... dry ingredients are first
The dough comes out perfect!
You will flatten it into disks and leave it in the fridge for only about 25 minutes and it's ready to go!
(Yeah, Jake and I have so much food in our fridge...we know)
No flour is required to roll this out, it doesn't even stick to your fingers. I put a piece of parchment paper over the dough before I rolled it out to prevent it from sticking slightly to the rolling pin
My oven required me to bake them for about eight minutes for 1/8" thick cookies. Be careful not to get them overdone. The batch below was perfect.
The next thing I wanted to try was a "good-tasting" royal icing recipe. I wanted these cookies to be "cute" and still be transportable without the sticky frosting. Problem was, I have never really liked the taste of royal icing because of the meringue powder that it's made of. I found this recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/royal-icing-recipe/index.html) that uses only powdered sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. It was perfect!
*Many royal icing recipes cause for two batches, one that's "thick" for the outlining and one that's "thin" for the filling of the center. I used one batch of icing and made it a toothpaste consistency and it was stiff enough for the sides and easy to fill in the center. I also used ketchup and mustard bottles to apply the icing.
I added fun designs on top, after the first layer of frosting dried.
In the end I had about 170 cookies (4 batches I think) and I delivered them to my sisters on move-in day :)
P.S. Thought I'd share this interesting website with a comparison of chocolate chip cookie recipes with photos. Interesting how each component of the cookie makes a difference! http://www.handletheheat.com/2013/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-chocolate-chip-cookies.html