Tuesday, December 9, 2008

TWD: Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies



I knew I was going to like this week's selection, no if's, and's or but's. Give me butter, sugar, flour with a splash of vanilla....how can it go wrong? Well, my friend Wendy who's also my accupuncturist/nutritionist, could and would list more things than we could imagine. But we won't think about that now.

For now, we're just going to think about the sweet, simple goodness of a sugar cookie. This was an easy, straightforward recipe.

After mixing the dough, Dorie gives you the option of forming it into a disc which can be rolled out for cutout cookies, or rolled into a log which can then be sliced into cookies after it's chilled. I decided to go the log route and discovered my log rolling skills are, um, somewhat lacking. They looked like fat tapered cigars.



See how small the ones in the top left corner are compared to the ones in the middle? How do others get a more even log? Dorie suggested using the tube from the middle of a roll of paper towls, but I didn't have one handy. Work on improving log rolling skills - check.

I sprinkled blue sanding sugar on them before baking. They're delicious, even though they are shaped funny. Or, as Dorie would say, they're rustic. They're sweet and buttery, like a good sugar cookie should be.

Ulrike of K├╝chenlatein chose this week's recipe. You can find the recipe in Baking From My Home to Yours. You can also find it at Ulrike's site. Check out the TWD blogroll to see hundreds of different versions of these cookies!

11 comments:

Kimberly Johnson said...

Looks like your cookies turned out great! I love that snowman platter!

n.o.e said...

Ha, "Rustic" is my middle name! I prefer it to fussy any day, don't you? Love the cookies + snowman. The blue sanding sugar is so pretty and we all know how good they taste!!
Nancy

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

I like the different sizes. They look more homemade. To get an even roll, I always have to squat down to eye-level to check it from different angles. Never an empty paper towel roll when you need it!

kittymama said...

I agree with Rebecca - the different sizes are fine. But I tend to roll mine quite a bit to get it even, and then I make a quarter turn with each slice. Finally, I will shape them rounder if necessary after they're cut. Your blue sugar is pretty!

jillbert said...

I love the blue sugar!

Pam said...

The cookies look cute and tasty. I love the snowman platter - too cute.

TeaLady said...

Now, we all know that it's the taste that counts - and they do look tasty.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love the sprinkles on them!

mangomissives said...

I love the blue sprinkles--my favorite color.
Mine came out all different sizes too...

Jaime said...

lovely sugar cookies! happy holidays!

juju73 said...

Your cookies are beautiful! I love your use of blue!!!!

Happy New Year!