I have always been fascinated by colourful, decorated Sugar Cookies! They are so cute and eye-catching…you’d almost never want to eat them! But then again, they are so delicious..that I can’t think of anyone who’d resist these cuties 😛💕
Look at these! I am so proud of myself! I finally pulled it off…and it was my very first attempt💃💃💃👏
It’s a cake walk for many…I know that, but it was a daunting task that I had set for myself. I was adamant that I had to do it before Halloween anyhow!! Although, I have made plain, no frost sugar cookies many times before following this same, exact recipe…I always kept putting off frosting to the next time! I was lazy and scared that I’d make a mess of the entire thing. Well, now that I have actually done it, I’d say…it’s pretty easy. Just a pair of steady hands and a whole lots of patience! 😉😄
Yes…I have some itsy, bitsy spiders who seem to have taken a liking for my cookies and are crawling all over it!! 🍇LoL! Nah…it’s just a bit of Halloween fever going on in my house with these cookies. I decorated them to look like spiders (Idea taken from Pinterest).
These cookies aren’t too unhealthy…as I have used a mixture of wholewheat flour (atta) and all purpose flour (Maida). Besides, if you don’t liking too much of sugar in your food, skip the icing. These cookies taste yummy and buttery even without all the icing. And if you avoid artificial colours in your food, simply skip the colour and make plain white icing and then decorate it with some sprinkles, etc. They will still be as delicious as they could ever be!
Let’s get started with the recipe… Please note that I made the cookies the previous day, cooled it overnight and then frosted them the next day so that the frosting sets well.
Yield: 21 small cookies/ 10 large cookies (depends on the size of the cookie cutter)
Equipment: a large mixing bowl, a wired whisk, a rolling board, a rolling pin, cookie cutters if making shapes, a flat spatula, baking tray, aluminium foil/parchment sheets, cling wrap, cooling rack, a few small bowls, extra spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, parchment paper to make the cones for icing.
Ingredients for Sugar Cookies:
1/4 cup wholewheat flour & APF each
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 +1/2 tbsp soft unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 tsp baking pwd
4 tbsp milk at room temperature
In a mixing bowl, sieve together the flours, baking powder & icing sugar. Give them a stir. Now add the butter and the vanilla extract. Use your whisk to mix these ingredients, they will resemble a bread crumb like texture. Now, add milk one tbsp at a time, and use your hands to bring together the dough. Don’t over knead the dough. Also, please don’t be tempted to add more milk. I used just 4 tbsp and it was enough. Now wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.
In the meantime, line the baking tray with aluminium sheet or parchment paper and keep it ready.
After 30 mins, take the dough out of the refrigerator. Dust some APF on the rolling board and the rolling pin too. Start rolling the dough gently to a thickness of 3 or 4 mm. Not more than this. Use any cookies cutters to give fancy shapes or just use a circular cap with a sharp edge of any bottle to cut round shapes. Use a flat spatula to carefully pick the cookies and place them on the lined baking tray. Do the same with the entire dough. Now, refrigerate these it cookies for 30 mins before baking to avoid speaking out and loosing the shapes.
In the meantime, pre heat the oven to 180’c for 10 mins. (Please note that each oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the cooking time accordingly).
Now that the cookies are chilled for 30 mins, bake them for about 15 mins or until the edges just begin to turn golden. My oven took 15 mins to turn the edges golden & I used the smaller cookie cutter, depending on the size of the cookies and your oven, you will have to keep an eye on them to prevent them from turning too dark. You can see in the above picture that the bottom of the cookies too were evenly golden ☺️ That’s the perfect colour. When you snap this cookie into two, it will be crispy without many crumbs.
Next, let these cookies cool on a cooling rack for minimum 5-6 hours or overnight in a container Before you frost them. Don’t let them cool on the cooling rack for more than 2 hours else they will turn soggy due to the humidity and the frosting won’t set well. But do not refrigerate either.
Ingredients for Icing/ Frosting:
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 + 1/2 tbsp cornflour
1 tsp lemon juice
2-3 tsp milk
a few drops of food colours of your choice (optional)
First, make cones for icing using parchment paper (sorry do not have pictures as I was doing this but alone and hubby wasn’t around to help with clicking). If you wish, u can use ziplock bags too for icing. Just cut the tip of the bag once you fill the frosting in it.
Keep the cookies ready on a plate.
In a bowl, add icing sugar, cornflour, lemon juice. Stir well. Now add in a little milk and mix well. Don’t add all the milk at one go. Make a smooth paste of a dropping consistency but it should NOT be runny. If you need to thicken the mixture, add some more icing sugar. To loosen the mixture, if needed, add a few drops of milk.
If you want to skip the colours, then just fill the plain white icing in a cone/ bag, make a small cut at the tip of the piping cone/ bag. Carefully draw the outline of the cookies first and then fill the centre too or not. As you like. Decorate with some sprinkles or chocolate chips and chocolate vermicelli to make small spiders…or keep it plain.
If you wish to add colour, then divide the plain icing in equal parts depending on how many colours you want to incorporate and add a few drops of food colour. You can add 1 drop and make a lighter shade or add 2-3 drops and make it a darker shade like I have done. Now fill the icing in the piping cone/ bags, make a small cut at the tip of the cone/ bag. And follow the same way as I have explained above for plain icing. Go ahead and decorate them!
Let these frosted cookies set at room temperature for at least 1-2 hours before you grab them! 😋😋 they will dry and the frosting will become very thick and hard.
Have them plain…have them frosted..decorate it or just keep it simple! It’s up to you. You can frost it in any pattern or design of your choice…I did a basic frosting but it’s bright and eye-catching!! 💃💃💃 Hope you like these!
They keep well in a air tight container for about 3-4 days.Do not refrigerate, the frosting won’t melt.
Adapted from Sharmis Passions.