Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring Sugar Cookies

In his Holy Thursday service, the priest at my church mentioned his affinity for parishoner-made cookies. And that reminded me, I haven't made cookies for Father since Christmas! And... it's just about time Father get a Spring helping of my baking efforts.
And in keeping with the breezy, light, sunny and bright days we've been having down here (all things Spring and delicate, birds singing, new leaves on the trees, you get the idea), I decided some pastel frosted sugar cookies, shaped like little daisies would really fit the bill. I don't think Father is as into aesthetics as he is to taste, but goodness knows I am!
Pictured above are the first batch of cookies with their blue and yellow petals. I'll post more pictures of the completed project (as in the cookies in their box with ribbon). The cookies are about the size of a quarter, so it would be easy to get carried away, eating about a dozen at a time. I made them with a regular sugar cookie recipe, then I rolled the dough between two floured sheets of wax paper. When I cut the dough into the flower shapes, I dipped the cookie cutter into flour between each cookie. That way the little goobers didn't get stuck in the cookie cutter but plopped right down on the baking sheet. They baked for about 5 minutes at 350 and I took them out before the sides got completely golden. After they cooled, I spread on the frosting (which I dyed with regular old food coloring) with a butter knife, carefully trying to shape each little petal. The finishing touch was a dab of frosting in the center. And well, that's about all there is to that...

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