Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cookie Love Notes: Recipe

I found this really awesome cookie love note stamp kit at Target. {You know how you always end up buying fabulous things you don't need there.} But I really did need it! It comes with pre-made phrases like "Happy Birthday" and "I Love You". But it also has the full alphabet of stamps so you can write whatever you want. That's when I was really sold because it makes it a year round sort of gadget. 

I thought it fitting to stamp in the word "besito" because we use it a lot in our house. It means kissie in Spanish. We are always trying to steal besitos from our littles. 
Target's kit was seasonal and you can't get it anymore unless you happen to run into it. Here is another cookie stamp set by the same brand you can purchase. And it comes with more cutters than mine! 
I could really get into cookie decorating! This was quite enjoyable! 
It also served as a fun spelling activity with my 4 year old who is in the pre-reading stage. 

Recipe: Stamped Sugar Cookies
*Makes about 15 cookies

Cookie Ingredients:
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter - room temp. 
3/4 cup sugar
Food coloring
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Icing Ingredients: 
2 cups powdered sugar
3 Tbsp. milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, or lemon extract

Cookie Directions:  
Mix in flour and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. 

Cream butter and sugar on low speed until blended and smooth. Add in food coloring and keep mixing at medium speed. {Make it a little bright bc it will dull when it bakes.} Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix well on low speed for a minute. 

Add flour to the mix and mix on low speed for 5-6 minutes. It will look crumbly at first but should shape into a soft ball of dough. Be sure to pause and scrape the bottom of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated. 

Wrap the ball of dough in seran wrap and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 

Remove the dough from the freezer. On a floured surface, roll dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out and stamp on your message. collect dough and re-roll until you use it all up. If the dough thaws too much you can wrap it up again and stick in the freezer to firm up for 3-5 minutes. 

Place the finished cookies on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Put in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up again. Remove form fridge and place in the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Carefully grab the entire parchment paper full of cookies and transfer to the counter to cool. 

Once cooled, decorate with icing. 

Icing Directions: 
Mix 1 cup of powdered sugar and milk for a minute on medium speed. 

Add the extract you choose, either lemon or vanilla. Beat on high for 30 seconds. 

On low speed, mix in the 2nd cup of the sugar. Up the speed to high and mix for 1 more min. 

Transfer to an icing bag with a small decorators tip. 

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