It is still September and it is time for me to show you some new cookies: the cookies that I baked for my birthday! They were quite special – decorated with love and attention. I gave them to some of my friends as little gifts for my birthday.
The decoration is completely made of fondant (I know, I am a total amateur in the cookie decorating area – royal icing is the real art, but I am just not good enough to work well with it and also didn’t have time at all!). The theme was “gold and keys”, same as the cake. In addition I tried a new cookie recipe: a dough full of sprinkles. Unfortunately I did’t even notice that the sprinkles I was using were mostly coloured in white and yellow… and of course they simply disappeared in the dough. Good thing was that the cookies were tasty. But I know next time to look for other shades of nonpareils…
See the recipe below. I hope you will enjoy also the designs of the cookies!
Sprinkle sugar cookies (adapted from Glorious Treats)
350 g all purpose flour
2/3 teaspoon baking powder
2 tbs non-pareils sprinkles
200 g butter
220 g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and sprinkles. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract and continue beating until absorbed. Add the flour mixture, little by little, and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead just a little bit, until all the flour is absorbed.
Make a ball out of the dough and wrap it in plastic wrap. Let cool in the fridge for at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two large baking pans with parchment paper.
Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies and arrange them on the pans. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, or until their edges start getting slightly golden brown. Let cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking pan and then transfer the cookies to a wire rack in order to cool completely. Decorate if desired.
Store the cookies in a airtight container.