Sunday, January 04, 2009

Cookie Carnival (December) - Cookie Decorating Contest!!

When I saw the email from Kate, I was so excited. It's something different and FUN!!! It's a cookie decorating contest. YAY!! As usual, in the email, she will provide us with the recipes. This time, she gave us two recipes to make the holiday cut-out cookies. There is 2 categories to win in this contest. 1st is MOST BEAUTIFUL COOKIE and 2nd is SILLIEST COOKIE. She and a couple of other judges will pick a winner and 2 runners up. The prize would be a Cookie Carnival Queen (or king!) button to put on her/his blog and the runners up will get honorable mentions and maybe a couple silly prizes. :)

I used the vanilla roll-out cookies recipe and divide it into 2 portions. The 2nd portion I added some cocoa powder. I know, I should have used the chocolate roll-out cookies recipe but I was really tired when I made the dough. I bought some ready-made icing and gel from the supermarkets. I love using the gel. I should have bought more colors for the gel. I am not so creative so when I was decorating the cookies, I kept thinking what next to do... These are the best I can do.. hehe.. Anyway, it would be nice if I win a prize but if not, its all good. Its all about FUN. I had fun making and decorating the cookies.



CHOCOLATE ROLL-OUT COOKIES - Dorie Greenspan
Yield: Makes about 60 small or 20 large cookies

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sprinkles or other sugar decorations (optional)
Royal Icing (optional)

Preparation
Sift first 5 ingredients and cinnamon, if desired, into medium bowl. Stir chocolate in metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth. Set aside. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat until mixture is pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla and chocolate. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed just to blend. Gather dough into ball; divide in half. Form each half into ball and flatten into disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before rolling out.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to 1/8-inch thickness for smaller (2-inch) cookies and 1/4-inch thickness for larger (3- to 4-inch) cookies. Using waxed paper prevents you from adding too much flour, which will make the cookies tough.
Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Cold dough is much easier to work with. If it gets warm as you're cutting out the cookies, place the dough—waxed paper and all—in the freezer for about 5 minutes.

Use an offset spatula to peel away the excess dough and transfer the cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Gather scraps, roll out dough, and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used. If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other sugar toppings, if desired.

Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and slightly darker around edges, about 9 minutes for smaller cookies and up to 12 minutes for larger cookies. Line baking sheets with fresh parchment as needed. Cool completely on rack. Decorate cookies with royal icing if desired. DO AHEAD: Cookies can be made 4 days ahead. Store between sheets of waxed paper in airtight containers.

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VANILLA ROLL-OUT COOKIES - Dorie Greenspan
Yield: Makes about 40 small or 15 large cookies

For a lemony twist, reduce the vanilla extract to 3/4 teaspoon and add 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel.

Ingredients
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour€
Sprinkles or other sugar decorations (optional)
Royal Icing (optional)

Preparation
Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg; beat until well blended, about 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and beat in vanilla. Add flour and beat on low speed just to blend. Gather dough into ball; divide in half. Form each half into ball and flatten into disk. Wrap disks separately in plastic and chill until firm, at least 4 hours. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between 2 sheets of waxed paper to 1/8-inch thickness for smaller (2-inch) cookies and 1/4-inch thickness for larger (3- to 4-inch) cookies. Using decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies and transfer to prepared sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. If cookies become too soft to transfer to baking sheets, place in freezer on waxed paper for 5 minutes before continuing. Gather scraps, roll out dough, and cut more cookies, repeating until all dough is used. If not icing cookies, decorate with sprinkles or other sugar toppings, if desired.

Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are firm on top and golden around edges, about 10 minutes for smaller cookies and up to 14 minutes for larger cookies. Cool completely on rack. Decorate with Royal Icing, then sprinkles or other sugar toppings, if desired. Let stand until icing sets. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 days ahead. Store between sheets of waxed paper in airtight containers.

Click here to check for the rest of CV bakers. Thank you, Kate for the awesome challenge. :)
I even had some help from my little nephew who just turned 5 years old yesterday. He helped me to decorate one cookie.. It was so cute. :)
My little nephew decorate this cookie with red color gel. I decorate my Singapore flag, but couldnt see the crescent and the 5 stars... hehe..

Here are more photos of my decorated cookies...



3 comments:

terrance said...

wow,i wanna eat your cookies all up....looks great...

natalia said...

I love all your cookies !!I wouldn't know which to chose !

Pamela said...

Your holiday cookies looked great! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. Happy New Year!

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