Saturday, October 14, 2006

Halloween Cookies

Halloween Cookies
Originally uploaded by wanderingcoyote.

I made these just now and they turned out pretty nicely, if I do say so myself.

Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Add salt, cream of tartar, and baking soda.

2. Add the flour and mix until the dough just comes together. Turn it out onto a well floured surface and knead once or twice just to bring all the ingredients together into a ball.

3. Again, flour your surface, and a rolling pin. Roll the dough out to 1/2cm thickness, and cut with cookie cutters. Place a in inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 10 - 12 minutes, or until barely golden around the sides. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate.

Royal Icing

2 egg whites
approx. 2 cups icing sugar - more or less depending on size of whites and desired thickness of icing

In a bowl, whisk egg whites just a couple of times to relax them. Add the sugar gradually, whisking until smooth and blended (I didn't make this particular royal icing in the mixer because I didn't want to incorporate any air) and you get your desired consistency. You don't want it too stiff, but not too runny, either. Just a little thicker than runny honey - or else it'll be a pain to pipe your decorations. Divide and colour.

I used a parchment piping bag for these, but you can use a small piping bag fitted with a #1 or #2 tip.

Have fun!


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