Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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Buttery Sugar Cookies


It's my party and I'll be sick if I want to... sniff sniff

Stuffy head, runny nose, fever, phelgm-y cough and watery eyes. That was the gift my son received the day before his 3rd birthday party. It wasn't a pretty sight nor was it pleasant to listen to. Poor lil guy.

This past weekend, we had planned a Gym Birthday Party with about 30 kids along with their parents. Unfortunately, I had to cancel. It just wasn't happening.

I was preparing all week getting goodie bags together for the kids, planning the menu and preparing everything we needed for a fun birthday party for my love. My lil man and I made these Williams Sonoma sugar cookies before he came down with a horrible cold.

He was so excited to help and we even practiced his ABC's as we were using the cookie cutters. I asked him to find a specific letter (one he knew of course, he hasn't learned the entire alphabet yet) and he pointed to the corresponding one. Piaget based learning method truly works well with toddlers.

Thirty plus cookies have now dwindled down to by half. After giving some away to the in laws, some to neighbors and eating some ourselves, I'll say we are just about cookie-d out. I could possibly fit one more in. Maybe.

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
Courtesy of Williams Sonoma with Modifications
2-1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour (I used 5 Cups)
1/2 tsp Salt (I used 1 tsp)
1-1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter at room temperature (I used 2-3/4 sticks)
1 Cup Sugar (I used 1-3/4 cups)
Food Coloring Gel (optional, I did not use any)
1 Egg (I used 2 eggs)
1-1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract (I used 3 tsp)
Williams Sonoma's Message in a Cookie comes with the cutter you see below and a heart and star shape

Directions
1. Over  a large bowl sift the flour and salt. Set aside. In your stand alone mixer fitted with the flat beater or by hand, beat the butter on high speed for 2 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, slowly add the sugar (this is where you may add a few drops of food coloring if you wish) and beat for 2 minutes, stopping the mixer once to scrap down the sides of the bowl.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for 1 minute, scrapping down the sides once. Stop the mixer and add half the flour mixer, beat on low speed until the flour has been absorbed. Add the remaining flour and continue beating until all the flour has been incorporated and the dough starts to pull away from the side, about 2-3 minutes.


2. Turn the dough on a work surface area and divide into two equal balls. Shaping each into a disk and wrapping tightly in saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to two days.


3. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

When you're ready to roll out the dough, allow the refrigerated dough to sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface area, roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick.


You can dip the message cookie cutter into flour if you wish. I did not and the dough did not stick. Press the cookie cutter firmly down and pull the knob up to remove the cookie cutter. (Note: DO NOT PUSH THE KNOB DOWN like my love is doing in the photo above, this will leave a mark on your cookies, as evident in the photo below). 


Gather up the remaining dough, roll out and repeat until you have used up all the dough. You could also decorate the cookies to your liking.

At this time you may refrigerate the stamped dough for 20 to 30 minutes before baking if you wish. I did not.

The cookies were buttery and not too sweet. They'd make the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie too.

So, we re-scheduled my loves party. But not until next year. The Gym is booked through December. So my lil man will have to wait until 2011 to celebrate with his friends. Stay tuned.

Happy Baking!
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  1. Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said... December 7, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Aww what a shame. Poor wee thing.

  2. alison said... December 7, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    happy birthday for your lovely son !the cookies look perfect!

  3. jose manuel said... December 7, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Me encanta el cortapastas que has usado, quedan geniales las galletas.

    Saludos

  4. Luciana said... December 7, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Perfetti questi biscotti, cara...sono uguali a quelli che si comprano, davvero brava!!! bacioni

  5. Lawyer Loves Lunch said... December 7, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    These cookies are adorable! I've bookmarked the cutters because they'll make great Christmas presents. I hope your lil' man feels better soon, Lisa! :)

  6. Roxan said... December 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Lisa, so sorry you're sick - and especially on your little guy's birthday! That must have been such a hard decision to make, to cancel the party.These are wonderful looking cookies though. I've been eyeing those cookie cutouts from Williams Sonoma for a while and was wondering if the cookies actually turn out as well as they do in their ads. Glad to see that they do! Now i really want those!

  7. Jennifurla said... December 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    I feel your pain. I just made it back to wrk. I couldnt even look at food blogs without getting pukey. Sorry your party was cancelled!

    Lovely cookies

  8. whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said... December 7, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I wanted those cutters too! Poor baby, I'm sure he had a great time anyway. Hope he's feeling better. I wish your little man lived closer, I could use a cookie baking assistant this year!
    -Gina-

  9. Swathi said... December 7, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    These cookies are awesome. Sorry for your party that was canceled. I love the message cookie cutter. I love to have it.

  10. cooperl788 said... December 7, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Poor little guy, hope he feels better soon! The sugar cookies look delightful - I love how they say Happy Birthday on each one! I love the idea of making ice cream sandwiches with them; my husband would go wild for that!

  11. Trish said... December 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Your poor little guy. So sorry he missed his birthday party :( Aww. The cookies are so slick and adorable. I like the ice cream sandwich idea.

  12. Catheryn @ PinkBibs said... December 7, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Oh dear! I do hope that your little prince is getting better. God bless!

    Looking forward to the belated bday party post :)

  13. Mariko said... December 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Those letter cookie stamps are awesome. Great idea to use it as a learning tool!
    Sorry he's sick. Sick kids are the saddest.

  14. Emme @Food Samba said... December 7, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Awww poor little man! And poor you too...all that planning! But hey, I'm sure your cookies were delicious - they sure look good! Hope he gets better soon and happy birthday to him :)

  15. jen cheung said... December 7, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Those are such cute cookies! I never knew they have stamps for these! cute :)


    have a lovely day!
    jen @ www.passion4food.ca

  16. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said... December 7, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    The cookies are adorable! your dough looks so smooth and perfect. The finished cookies are beautiful and I love the word happy birthday on them! Happy bday to your love!

  17. Sommer J said... December 7, 2010 at 7:56 PM

    ABsolutely loooove the cookies. Love those stamps, too!!! I WANT!


    Poor lil man :( My son got sick on hid third birthday, too. Hope he's doing better! And, uh, you can share come cookies with me, ya know.. ;)

  18. baking.serendipity said... December 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    These cookies are adorable! I love the learning you incorporated into baking them :) I hope your little man is feeling better soon...there is nothing worse than missing your birthday party due to a cold!

  19. Zoe said... December 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    Oh...you poor thing. Hope that you are feeling better now.

    Your cookies are great. Always a fan of your photos. I love your photos showing a pair of little hands helping you with all your cooking. so cute :D

  20. Goddess of Baking said... December 8, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    I have the same cookie cutters and i love them! They really do make very cute and specialized cookies! Love them!

  21. zmm said... December 8, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Hope you are better now.

    The biscuits are so uniformerly cut out, beautiful.

    Is the weather so cold there you don't have to refrigerate them after you cut them? If I do this at home, with our hot weather, I have to refrigerate them first, or else, i can't transfer them to my baking sheet... they will go all gooey and soft.

  22. The Urban Baker said... December 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM

    those are perfectly, perfect! i am so sorry you party got cancelled and you had a "sicky" on his birthday! i am sure the cookies did not go to waste and they made for a pretty fabulous post!!

  23. Monet said... December 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Oh, poor little guy. There is nothing worse than being sick on your birthday. But thankfully he has a wonderful mother to shower him with love. These cookies look perfect. I love the stamp on top. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a lovely evening!

  24. Kay Heritage said... December 8, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Oh, gosh. These are sooo cute. And so is your little man!

  25. Koci said... December 9, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Oh, that poor baby! But at least he gets to look forward to next year's party!

    Those cookies look fantastic, too. I'd sure love to find them in my party favor bag. :D

  26. Debbie said... December 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Poor little guy, what a bad time to get sick! These cookies are pretty dang cute though, you are so right they would make perfect ice cream sandwiches. I am glad to see these worked, I was always intrigued and now I know...maybe I'll add them as a Christmas wish list item, thanks!

  27. ~Lisa~ said... December 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Thanks guys! We still have a few cookies left. I think I gained 10 pounds this week alone. Holiday stuffing, literally!

  28. ~Lisa~ said... December 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Thanks guys! We still have a few cookies left. I think I gained 10 pounds this week alone. Holiday stuffing, literally!

  29. 선미 (Sunmi) said... December 10, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Aw, poor baby. I hope he's feeling better! There must be a bug going around, a lot of people in school have been getting sick, too!

  30. Dimah said... December 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Your cookies look really pretty!

  31. aipi said... December 12, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    Looks so nice..buttery, delicious n melt in mouth kinds!!

    US Masala

  32. Small Burst said... December 13, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    i'm back in blogland catching up and i feel like i've misses so much. I am loving these message cookie cutter. So cute! I must have these. Happy belated birthday to your little man. can't wait to see what goodies you'll have at the party.