Works For Me Wednesday- We're Bakin' Cookies Up In Here

  Seeing as though it is Lily’s birthday this week I, as her mother, had the duty to provide here with “treats” to bring to school. Except treats cannot involve cupcakes. Not cause they are filled with sugar and fat, but because they are messy. Crap. I make a really cute cupcake. So back to the drawing board.

My mom has a super yummy recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but Lily was having none of that. She wanted something she could use cookie cutters on and frost. I tried the whole, “Frosting is too messy honey,” but she was having none of it. She had a heart cookie cutter and she was determined to use it.

I realized as I searched through my recipes that I had never in fact made sugar cookies. I had cut and frosted sugar cookies many a time, but apparently (shameful) I had never actually made the dough. Hmmm….it seems like I should be stripped of my mother of the year award.

But I pressed on and made some sugar cookies. Then my mom got involved and, God bless her, made the whole process 10 times more complicated than it should have been. There was food coloring, red hots and an extra batch of dough involved. I was just hoping to borrow some sprinkles. Either way, she did provide some brilliant advice that I thought I would pass on to you.

When making cookies that require some sort of rolling pin action, typically you dust the surface and the rolling pin with flour. But do that to much and your dough gets really tough and you lose some taste. So instead, dust with powdered sugar. You get the same effect, but you get a sweeter cookie. And who doesn’t want a little more sugar in their sugar cookie. Thanks mom!!

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  1. You can also use powdered sugar to grease and “flour” a pan when making a cake, so you don’t have those blah floury edges.

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  2. Now why didn’t I think of that! Great WW!

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  3. I have made sugar cookies many times, yet somehow I was ignorant of this tip. I should bake up a batch and try it out, especially considering the fact that I have two full boxes of powdered sugar in my cupboard for some reason.

    Memarie Lane, I will use YOUR powdered sugar tip as well!

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  4. Great idea. Now I am really hungry for some sugar cookies!

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  5. Thanks for this tip. I usually roll out the dough between two pieces of wax paper but your tip is much more economical. No more wasting paper!

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  6. Blue Castle says:

    Oh, brilliant! Love this, and I will be using it you can be sure. :)

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  7. Your mom is SO smart! I love this tip!

    And the fact that you WANTED to make cupcakes for school does indeed make you mommy of the year. I kind of hate having to make cupcakes for school…

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  8. What a great tip! I will definitely have to try this the next time I “whip up” a batch of sugar cookies.

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  9. That’s a great tip! I made sugar cookies from scratch last Christmas for the first time ever so don’t feel too bad :).

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  10. Actually I haven’t made sugar cookies for this reason. I’m a compulsive re-roller. I’ll be having a go at these very soon and maybe I’ll get round to doing some to hang on the tree this christmas.


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  11. what a GREAT idea – I am totally going to use that idea next time I make cookies :)

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  12. We can’t bring homemade treats to school. Everything needs to be store bought and peanut free! :(

  13. Sherry says:

    Great idea! Thank you for sharing! :D

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  14. I’m a compulsive re-roller, too, so I love this idea. Your mom is so smart!

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  15. Rachel says:

    Awesome tip, I never thought about powdered sugar!

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  16. nicolerenae says:

    Oooh! I learned something new today, too! Can’t wait to try it!

  17. The cookies out of a tube don’t need flouring, do they???

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  18. Good idea!

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  19. oooohhhh that is a FABULOUS idea!! Powder sugar…I’ll have to do that the next time I make cinnamon rolls from scratch!

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  20. Valerie says:

    And the next time you make a chocolate cake, use cocoa to “flour” the pan. Your pretty brown cake won’t be ruined with a rim of white.

  21. “That’s my wife Lucille….Bake them cookies Lucille!!!”

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