Baking

Pretty Sugar Cookies.

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to Lottiecakes!

November is my nephews 1st birthday so of course my sister and I are getting a little carried away with the planning! We call him our little Honey Bee so he is having a “First BeeDay” Party! As we were planning, I started thinking about what we were going to do for party favors… so we decided on decorative sugar cookies! They are a perfect little sweet treat for all of our guests to take away with them! Although I may need a little practice!

It may be kind of surprising to know that I have actually never made sugar cookies.. even though it is just so simple. There is no better time to start than now! I didn’t want to start with anything too complicated so I decided upon a simple crinkle circle cookie with the toothpick drag method of icing!

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Ingredients:

Cookie:

– 3 1/2 cups – all purpose flour

– 1 1/4 – cup sugar

– 2 sticks – room temperature butter

– 1 – medium egg

– 1 1/2 tsp – baking powder

– 1 tsp – salt

– 1 tsp – pure vanilla extract.

Cookie frosting/ Glaze:

– 1 cup – powdered sugar

– 4 tspn – water

Method:

Cookie:

– Cream together the butter and sugar until it has a smooth, fluffy texture. Slowly add in the egg and vanilla extract until it is completely combined.

– In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt and baking powder.

– with the mixer on a medium speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Continue to combine until the mixture is thick but spreadable and still moist. I usually still have about a half to a full cup of the dry mixture left over when I have achieved the correct consistency… and that is completely okay!

– Wrap the mixture in plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately an hour, or until the dough is cold.

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– When the dough is cold, cut it in half (this makes it easier to handle) and roll it out on parchment paper until it is 1/4″ thick. Don’t roll it out on extra flour as this can affect the consistency!

– Cut into your desired shape and place on parchment paper on a baking tray.

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– Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the bottom just begins to brown. Keep an eye on them as they can burn very quickly!

– Allow to cool before decorating.

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Cookie frosting/ Glaze:

– Slowly add water to the powdered sugar and whisk.

– You can always make it thicker by adding more powdered sugar and thinner by adding more water.

– Test it on a cookie to make sure that it covers but does not run… simple as that!

– You can divide the mixture and add food coloring if you want multiple colors of icing.

– Add the icing to a piping bag with a small tip. You can always use a sealed ziplock bag with a small hole cut in the corner if you don’t have piping bags!

– Pipe a circle around the edge of the cookie and then fill the inside. This creates a border so that you don’t loose your icing off the side of the cookie.

– To create my toothpick drag method, pipe on a few lines of a different colored icing across your white icing. Simply drag a toothpick through the icing, alternating the direction. Mine are a little messy but practice definitely makes perfect!

I managed to make about 18 cookies and only used half of the dough so this recipe definitely makes a lot. I love to make a dough or mixture in bulk and then just freeze it so that it is ready for a spontaneous bake session!

They are cute and delicious! They make  perfect snacks, gifts, treats… the options are endless!

I really like how foodandwine.com got creative with their sugars cookies at http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/christmas-cookie-gift-tags and used cookies as edible gift tags!! It is such a fun and yummy way to personalize a gift!

Thanks for visiting!

– Charlotte.

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Back to Basics – Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hello Everyone!

No matter how many I eat, chocolate chip cookies never seem to get old. Of course I do love to add oats, cranberries, or even pumpkin but nothing seems to beat a classic chocolate chip cookie.

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They are a little indulgence that can be made by anyone with a little time to spare and a working oven, obviously.

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Ingredients:

– 1/2 Cup – Butter (Softened)

– 3/4 Cup – Brown Sugar

– 3/4 Cup – White Sugar

– 2 – Large Eggs

– 1 Tspn – Pure Vanilla Extract

– 12 Oz – Milk Chocolate Chips

– 12 Oz – White Chocolate Chips

– 2 1/4 Cups – All Purpose Flour

– 3/4 Tspn – Baking Soda

– 1 Tspn – Salt

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Method:

– Set your oven to 375°F and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.

– First mix together your softened butter, vanilla, eggs and sugar until it has a smooth consistency.

– Next mix together your flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.

– Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Be careful not to over mix. When they are combined, add in your chocolate chips. 

– Using lightly damp hands, scoop and roll the dough into small balls. Place appromiately 1.5-2 inches apart on the baking tray.

– Place in the oven and bake for 12-16 minutes, or until golden brown. They should be a little gooey still when you remove them from the oven as they will harden a little as they cool. 

– Transfer hot cookies to a cooling rack to cool.

– Eat and enjoy!!

 

Its kind of funny how some people can just guess on their amounts of ingredients and get it perfect, whereas some people have to measure everything out perfectly (Thats me!).

 Well it turns out that there actually is a science to mastering the perfect cookie.

Here is an interesting article that i stumbled upon on time.com that investigats how little changes within the cookie recipe and preparation can result in completely different cookies outcomes!

http://time.com/3179770/the-science-behind-baking-the-most-delicious-cookie-ever/

 

Thanks for visiting!

 

– Charlotte.

 

Welcome to Lottiecakes!

Hello!

Welcome to LottieCakes!

My name is Charlotte (Lottie for short). I am a full time student, retail sales associate and a lover of baking!

My love for baking began years ago when I would make fairy cakes at home with my mum and sisters. Although we always made a crazy amount of mess, we always had a blast and ended up consuming way too much sugar. Since then I have always loved spending time baking in the kitchen.

As life gets busier, I seem to find less and less time to bake. Having to prioritize school and work over creating something delicious is never fun. However, bakeries throughout Austin, Texas continue to inspire me to bake more. One of my favorites is Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop (Check out their cupcakes at http://www.sugarmamasbakeshop.com/).

Throughout this blog I hope to find time to expand my current baking knowledge and skills and end up with something hopefully edible and yummy! There are numerous recipes and ingredients that I have wanted to try and this is a great way to finally get to try them and also share my experiences!

Enjoy!!