Tuesday, December 9, 2008

TWD-Grandma's All Occasion Sugar Cookies

Well, I missed out on quite a few Tuesdays with Dorie lately and I want to apologize to our hosts of the past few weeks for not making their chosen recipes. Isabelle of Les gourmandises d'Isa, Vibi of La casserole carrée and Noskos of Living the Life all had chosen great recipes and I promise to do a rewind of all three recipes (seperately!) at some point in time. Promise!

This week's recipe, Grandma's All Occasion Sugar Cookies, comes courtesy of Ulrike of Küchenlatein. I have to admit when I first saw sugar cookies I knew I'd have a few problems because I am not very patient with cut-out cookies. But then I read the recipe (duh!) and saw that there was a slice and bake option. Ahhh, slice and bake cookies. I love those. They were certainly invented for busy moms or by a busy mom, because they are time savers! You can make the dough when you have a few minutes, shape it into a log, throw it in the fridge for future use and when feel like/have time to bake you just slice and bake. Voilà! They can be baked in minutes when you need a lift when you're say, knee deep in gift wrapping and you think everyone will make it to Christmas on time except you. A few cookies, a tall glass of milk and you're back on track!

I found this recipe came together very easily. But then I have no other sugar cookie recipe to compare it with. They were my very first sugar cookies and they were delicious! This recipe is a keeper. It is begging to be tweaked though, as in adding some orange zest or finely chopped chocolate or nuts, or extracts of some kind. So many possibilities. And even if you just roll them in coarse sugar for a little crunch, you'll still get people to say "you made those yourself?!". Not too shabby for a few minutes' work. So visit the the rest of the TWD baking guys and gals to see how Dorie's recipe compared to their Grandma's recipes and if you'd like to try them yourselves, visit Ulrike's blog for the recipe!

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40 comments:

Sarah said...

i really liked how these turned out too. i like how you rolled them in sugar...very festive!

Manggy said...

I've never baked sugar cookies myself (only eaten them, hehe), and boy do I wish I had those in front of me right now as I watch SNL :) (All I have are these icky chips!) I love the festive jeweled edge-- it adds a lot for just a few seconds' work! :)

chocolatechic said...

Didn't these taste so great?

Yours are to cute.

Isabelle said...

tu n'as pas à t'excuser lynne, il y a des choses plus importantes dans la vie :)
tes biscuits sont splendides, j'adore les sucres colorés dans lesquels tu les as roulés...ça donne un look " bijoux précieux "

Julie said...

Je suis bien heureuse de te voir de retour:) Tes biscuits sont simples, beaux et très Noël, parfaits quoi!!!

rainbowbrown said...

They look wonderful, I'm glad you liked your first sugar cookie!

Rebecca said...

I'll have to try the slice-and-bake option next time. Having the dough ready to go in the fridge will be sooooooo nice when we have houseguests this month.

Gabe's Girl said...

Congrats on your first sugar cookies. Great job. Really pretty. Think you will make them again? They are so easy and nice.

vibi said...

Superbe LyB!
Une très belle idée que de les avoir roulés dans les pépites: rapide pour un résultat spectaculaire!
La photo de la pile, vue de haut est réellement craquante!

Jess said...

I like how you rolled these in sugar - pretty and elegant (and I'm guessing easy too).

leanne said...

These are so cute. I love how you rolled them in sugar. Very festive and most important easy

Melissa said...

I love your sugared edges - so cute! I really liked these cookies too. Delish!

kim said...

your cookies look so pretty! love the colored sugars. i'm definitely going the slice-and-bake route next time :)

n.o.e said...

LOVE the coarse sugar edges! Glad you liked them, and they're really not that hard.
Nancy

Marthe said...

I love the sugared edges on your cookies!! I rolled them out and had some difficulties with them, I might use the log-method next time!

Spike said...

Glad you got back to TwD in time for these sugar cookies! I liked them also

Teanna said...

These cookies are perfect to nosh on whilst drowning in wrapping paper! Yours look fantastic... these were so delicious!

G in Berlin said...

That's so funny! I actually divided the dough into three parts (after doubling it) and have been breaking pieces off and rolling them since I made these (out of sequence) last week.The kids like to help ct them out although having a log looks easy. But I'm not loving the actual dough and am on a quest to find a better one.

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cookies look fantastic and I love how you photographed them!

SiHaN said...

i love the second picture! and the choice of colors! definitely festive. pRETTY!

Carol Peterman said...

The gilded edges look so lovely on your cookies. Slice and bake is generally my preferred method, but this week I felt patient enough to get out some cookie cutters.

Engineer Baker said...

Your first sugar cookie recipe?! Wow, and they look awesome. I love sparkly sugar crystals :)

TeaLady said...

Love the cookies with the decorations on the sides. Look yummy!

Sandie said...

What pretty little sugar cookies, and honestly, that's one of the sweetest little snowmen I have ever seen. He and the cookies look perfectly paired!

Cathy said...

I'm with you -- I might never go back to cut out cookies after finally experiencing the ease of the slice and bake! And I think that your cookies are every bit as pretty and festive as the cut out ones. I love the red and green sprinkles on the edges! I agree that this recipe is a keeper.

Maya said...

I like the crispiness of the cookies. Glad it turned out!

Grace said...

oh, the festivity of it all! nicely done, lyb. time-savers that turn out well are always welcome in my kitchen. :)

confectiona said...

Oh, I like those edges!

Ginny said...

I with you there...I'm not a fan of cut-out sugar cookies! Slice and bake though sounds great! I like to get the Pillsbury ones sometimes...if you eat them right out of the oven and you dont let them get soft...they are pretty good! I'd rather have yours! yummy! :)

nicisme said...

They look delightful, nice and crisp!

PheMom said...

I really love the pretty edges on yours! Very festive and fun.

Maris said...

These look like the perfect holiday cookies! I love how you rolled them in sugar. Whenever I do that the sugar gets all melty and messy!

SarahKate said...

Those look so simple and festive! I'm doing my baking blitz this weekend and these might have to be added to the list!

Aimée said...

Very pretty Lyb. Well you may be a bit behind on the rest of your Christmas prep, but at least you have homemade cookies to serve!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Your sugar cookies look just perfect. Thanks for the review of the recipe - it's always helpful to know ahead of time if a recipe works well or not.

Sophie said...

I hate cut out cookies too, they take forever! Love the sugar border, I think slice and bake are definitely the way to go.

Gigi said...

sensational sugar cookies! great job on rolling the edges in colored sugar. very festive!

ostwestwind said...

I like the idea rolling the dough in those colourful sugar. In Germany it's hard to find.

Thanks for joining TWD and baking with me

Ulrike from Küchenlatein

mangomissives said...

I too went with the slice and bake method. I wasn't in the mood and didn't have the time to do roll out/cookie cutter cookies.

Yours look really festive!

Lucy said...

These are awesome, my first batch didn't quite turn out right, I think it is the altitude.

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