Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Calling all bakers!

I need tutoring in how to make sugar cookies. I usually have trouble rolling the cookies out. Today I took the precaution of using store bought dough, but I still failed. My first attempt to make icing from scratch also ended with hard colored lumps that were impossible to spread. Advice? Fool-proof recipes?


  1. Fool proof recipe that I've used for years.

    4.5 C sifted all-purpose flour
    4 t baking powder
    1 t salt

    Sift together

    2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
    2 C sugar

    Cream together

    2 eggs
    1 t vanilla
    1/2 C milk

    Add eggs to butter mixture. Alternate mixing dry mix, vanilla and milk to butter mixture. Wrap in 4 pieces and chill 1 hour. Roll out on floured surface. Bake at 375 on parchment or silpat for 10-12 minutes. Reduce heat 25 degrees for dark pans.

    Royal icing can be found on

  2. Hi Abigail!

    My tips:

    - The dough has to be good and cold when it's rolled out. If you're having trouble with it getting sticky, divide it into quarters and roll out each quarter individually, keeping the rest in the fridge until they're needed.
    - Make sure your rolling surface and your pin are thoroughly dusted with flour (or, better still, powdered sugar!)
    - To avoid frosting lumps, your butter should be room temperature, and you should run your powdered sugar through a sieve or a sifter.

    Hope that helps! :) Happy Advent/Merry Christmas!

  3. The recipe I downloaded from Martha Stewart works perfectly. You can make really easy icing with powdered sugar and milk - no lumps and less fat!

  4. Thank you! Can't wait to try again this weekend. Baking with an awake newborn without my husband on hand was truly nutty.

    I even had the debit card security people call me in the middle of cooking my second batch of cookies. I kept repeating "yes, I am a mother of four who did all of her Christmas shopping online and in one day. Can I go now, because I've got cookies in the oven!"

  5. The advice you've gotten is already great so nothing to add there, but I wanted to say I love your credit card company story! Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. Rolling pin covers are a must for learners and a bench knife for scraping dough is very helpful. Put them on your Christmas list.

    And yummy buttercream frosting covers a multitude of sins! ;-)

    My personal favorite recipe is just like Cheryl's Cookies.

  7. After years of failure, I put the cookie dough between two sheets of wax paper to roll out. It works very well and you don't end up with floury tasting cookies.

  8. I don't roll mine out at all. Try this recipe (automatically downloads a PDF file when you click):

    I got this recipe from The Cookie Bible. I've got other recipes for other cookies linked, too, and maybe I'll put them on the blog later. My kids LOVE making these, too.

  9. Here's a picture of the girls decorating:

    And how I start them (the scoop is AWESOME for same-sized cookies & I bought it at Wal Mart for a decent price):