Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Grandma's All-Occasion Sugar Cookies

cookies in snowman box close up

[recipe here]

This week's TWD recipe, chosen by Ulrike of K├╝chenlatein, is a classic: blissfully simple and delicious. It's a really good thing I got most of these out of the apartment, because I was a fiend for both the cookies and the cookie dough! Although the recipe is very simple, I know a lot of the TWD'ers are probably going to go all-out for the holidays, so I attempted to follow suit!

cookies in snowman box

The ingredient list was just butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt and vanilla. As Dorie said, the dough ended up being very soft before its two-hour chill. (Seriously, I'm getting sick of all of this waiting! :-p)

ingredients

dough being wrapped up

After it firmed up in the fridge, I rolled it out and cut it with some cute and tiny holiday cutters my sister-in-law gave me (the same one who will only eat canned cranberry sauce... ;) I think this absolves her).

small cookies on sheet to be baked

I also used some larger cutters to get a few big cookies, because sometimes I just have to throw portion control out the window. :-p

large cookies on sheet to be baked

For decoration, I dug some red, green and silver colored sugar out of the depths of the cupboard to sprinkle on top.

cookies with colored sugar on top

The cookies spread out in the oven more than I expected, but luckily, they were still cute :)

baked cookies


They were so delicious! After they cooled, they had a crispy outside with a slightly chewy interior. I like chewy cookies, so I actually liked them better on the second day, when the whole cookie got a bit chewier. Many thanks to Ulrike for choosing this simple and versatile recipe! Now go check out all of the lovely cookies on the other TWD blogs :)

cookie with bite out of it

54 comments:

n.o.e said...

Kim, these are sooo delectable looking! (and btw I have that box somewhere in the attic!!) These were good, and I like them chewy also.
Nancy

SiHaN said...

pass me the larger cookie then. hehe. Love the xmas vibe to all your cookies!

VeggieGirl said...

BEYOND magnificent variation of the classic sugar cookie.

Sarah said...

The cookie dough was crazy good, right? i was all over that! great job on your cookies...i think i have seen that box on another blog today. how funny! :)

Jinphotography said...

The cookies look delicious. Great photos as usual.

Amanda said...

Beautiful! They came out great! I loved this recipe too, I will definitely make it again :)

kim said...

Thanks everyone!! :) @Sarah, that is so funny! I haven't gotten to read many blogs yet so I haven't seen it... I'll keep an eye out :)

27Susans said...

Who wouldn't love to get a box of your little cookies !!

vibi said...

WOW! You can actually eat those silver sprinkles? Hummm... they look like jewelry, much, much to nice to eat... especially on those beautiful snowflakes you've nicely sprinkled them on!
Truly gorgeous, Kim!

Cathy said...

Your cookies look delicious, and as usual, your presentation is gorgeous! I love the minis (and the biggies).

Sabrina said...

Oh those are so pretty! You are really a wonderful photographer. :)

I hear ya about waiting for that dough to chill... I want instant gratification!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

kim said...

@vibi, yep you can eat them! :) Probably not in mass quantities though... I forget where I personally got them, but they have them here: http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/flowers/sugars.htm

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Your cookies look perfect, and I love that box!

Amy said...

Beautiful! Just beautiful!!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Kimberly Johnson said...

Beautiful job on the sugar cookies!

Natalie said...

i was so glad to get a little daylight today - what a difference some light makes! and as always, your pictures are lovely. ;)

Kayte said...

They look really great...portion control??? At Christmas...portions are free at Christmas, don'tchaknow??? LOL. Love the little packaging box...the blue really makes the cookies stand out nicely.

Jess said...

Those look gorgeous - I'll have to try some silver sprinkles next time I can find them. Minis are always a great choice.

Cristine said...

Beautiful cookies!!!

Katrina said...

Awesome cookies!

Flourchild said...

I love your silver sprinkles. Your cookies look so good and I love the box you tucked them in..Great job!

chocolatechic said...

Just adorable!

I added orange zest to mine.

We loved them.

HoneyB said...

Love your cookies AND the box they are in!

LyB said...

Love those Christmas-y shapes, so cute! :)

Marthe said...

Your cookies look soooo cute!! I love the coloured sugar on top of them!!

Tammy said...

wow, they look gorgeous!

What's for Supper? said...

Your pictures look fantastic!

Banjo said...

They look wonderful!!

Spike said...

The silver sprinkles are gorgeous. I need to pick some of those up...

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

The silver sprinkles made me jealous. They add a special touch to your great looking cookies. Like the idea of portion control going out the window too!

Steph said...

Your cookies look so elegant! Almost too pretty to eat!!

happytummy said...

wow! love the colored sugar--especially the silver! there is something about sparkly sugar cookies that just get me in the holiday spirit. your cookies are beautiful :)

Mary Ann said...

Super cute- I love all your cut-outs!

bakingblonde said...

Wow, the pictures just draw me in!! I love the snowflakes!

AmyRuth said...

So glad you liked them. I like your shapes. Great Work
AmyRuth

Engineer Baker said...

Ooo - sparkly :) And I'm amazed at your patience to do the itty bitty cookies. I stuck with bigger ones, screw portion control!

Jacque said...

Sooo pretty! I've never seen silver sprinkles before... those are cool.

Judy said...

Lovely cookies! I love the silver sprinkles. I agree that they taste better the second or third day. Just chewy enough. I made some tiny animals from some of the dough; sort of like animal crackers, I guess.

Marie said...

Your cookies are so pretty! I loved all the pictures. You did a really wonderful job of decorating and presenting these!

Kim said...

what a cute and festive box for such pretty cookies! i love your pictures. great job!

-kim
http://www.lovintheoven.com

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Just lovely! A beautiful presentation of cookies.

Natashya said...

They look so cute! I love the sparkles on them.
Great cookie cutter set, I guess she gets a pass on the canned sauce!

Carmen Cooks said...

your cookies are breathtakingly beautiful! I love the sanding sugars you used. Very festive. :)

confectiona said...

I considered colored sugar, but actually coloring the sugar seemed like way too much work. Yours look yummy!

Teanna said...

Great shapes, great sugar, great presentation, great boxes, and, as ALWAYS, gorgeous photos!!! I love seeing what you do every week!

TeaLady said...

Love the sprinkles on your cookies. Mini cookies - little bites of yum.

PheMom said...

Those are all super adorable. Martha's cookie cover has nothing on you. Yum!

Di said...

Those look wonderful. I don't think I've ever seen silver colored sugar before.

Jaime said...

stunning, as always. it's funny b/c these didn't spread as much as i thought they would.

Lynnylu said...

Beautiful presentation! Photos great as always.

Pamela said...

I think we used the same mini cookie cutter set. Your cookies look phenomenal.

Carol Peterman said...

The silver sprinkles are fantastic! I though these were dangerously good as well.

ostwestwind said...

Great looking cookies

Thanks for joining TWD week and baking with me

Ulrike from K├╝chenlatein

Arran Moffat Edinburgh Photography said...

I wish my cookies looked like these!

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