Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sugar Mama Part 2

 If you didn't catch yesterday's post, make sure you check out Sugar Mama Part 1 before you read any further.

We are making sugar cookies that are supposed to taste just like the Lofthouse sugar cookies you can find in your local grocery store.

We made the dough and chilled it in the fridge for a few hours. The difference in the dough after being freshly made and after chilling in the fridge is huge. It is much firmer and I am no longer scared that it will fall apart when rolling it out.

Using a ton of flour I was able to roll the dough out. The original recipe suggested the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick.

                                   




I don't have a round cookie cutter so I used a small rocks glass. Typically this is for GB's whiskey. Don't tell him I used this for baking. Thanks!



Next I baked the cookies at 425° for 7 minutes. At 7 minutes they didn't seem 'done' so I put them in for another minute and a half. Bad idea. I burnt a small batch. If you choose to make these cookies - make sure you take them out at 7 minutes! They won't look much more different than when you put them in - but I promise you, they are done!



 The bottoms will be nicely browned.


Oh look! A mess I made. Who's surprised?


Time for the frosting.

The ingredients needed for the frosting:

1 Cup of Butter (room temperature)
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
4 Cups of Powdered Sugar
6 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream (I used Heavy Whipping Cream, is there a difference? I don't know, I couldn't find anything labeled just 'Heavy Cream' so I found the closest thing to it.)
Food Coloring
Sprinkles

First step is to cream together the butter and vanilla.


This was pretty tough for my hand mixer. All of the butter got caught up in the beaters and I felt like it would never escape.


But alas - they were freed!



Next I added the powdered sugar cup by cup.


Ugh! It got all stuck together again!


Oh hey - another mess. What dayaknow?


After all of the powdered sugar had been mixed in - it began to have a thick, frosting texture. At this point I added in the heavy cream.


Now it's time for the food coloring. I chose red to make pink frosting, the next time I make these, and there will be a next time, I think I'm going for a rainbow assortment.



Now I'm all ready to start decorating. Those cute sprinkles - I found them in the Target dollar section. 1 buck for 5 canisters of sprinkles - holla! 


Now they are starting to look like happy cookies! 








The verdict. Do they taste like Lofthouse Cookies?

Drumroll please......

Not quite. But very very very close! The frosting is a little too soft and a little too buttery. Next time, I'll cut down on the butter in the frosting and I think I will have it. The cookies are exactly like Lofthouse. Not only do these cookies taste great, the recipe produced 79 cookies! I didn't have enough frosting for all 79....but I had to toss at least 12-15 from the burnt batch so it worked out perfectly.

I definitely recommend this recipe. If you make this - I'd love to hear how they turn out!

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