Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Homemade" Cookies

I consider myself to be more of a cook than a baker, but when I do bake something I want the world to know about it.  What better way to strut your stuff than with this fantastic Homemade Cookie Stamper.

As you may recall, being a rubber-stamper, I had a keen interest in trying to stamp an image onto a cookie with not so great results, that I bravely shared with you here. Today, however, I had fantastic results thanks to this fun little cookie stamp.  A recipe is included, but since I had been dying to try the sugar cookie recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone.  What fun, and so easy. Stamping into flour before pressing the image into each cookie guarantees success.  I also pressed images into the rolled out dough, and then cut them out with a two-inch round biscuit cutter.

Hummingbird Bakery’s Sugar Cookies

1 stick + 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (14 Tablespoons total)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
3 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well, scraping any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Add the flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix well, but don’t over mix. It’ll go from crumbs to large clumps.  Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface and press the dough together and roll out. Cut out shapes with your favorite cookie cutters.  Place on the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 10 minutes, checking regularly to make sure they aren’t burning. They are done when they are very light golden on the outer edges and paler in the center. Remove from the wire rack and cool completely.

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is such a cute idea!!

Berendina Dykema said...

I like your idea of using stamps to create images on cookies. I'm glad it worked out for you this time. I love to try the stamp idea one day,What kind of stamps do you recommend? or maybe certain cookies for it. Glad I found you through Sweets For a Saturday!

MsFoxsSweets said...

So cute!

Janet Rudolph said...

Stampers unite! You know I love anything you can read, and these look great!

Lynn said...

I love it! Your cookies look great and I've saved the recipe to try with my Message Cookie Cutters from W-S. Thanks:@)

Marie said...

Lovely idea! The cookies look fantastic! :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Wow, they turned out beautifully!

wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV said...

What a cute idea! Love the stamper!! What a cute touch to the cookies!

I'd love for you to link up your recipes at What's Cooking Wednesday ( whenever you get a chance! We meet each week and would love to have you join :)

Kathleen said...

Love this! Do you think it would work with shortbread dough?

Chatty Chics said...

YOU ARE KIDDING!? They make cookie stamps like this? LOVE these cookies! How sweet! Please come link up at my place Wednesday! I would love to feature these in a future post!
PS You could win a $5 Starbucks card just for entering!

Melissa said...

How very cool!

I have glass cookie stamps, but haven't found a recipe that holds the image well.

When you roll the dough, how thin does it need to be?

The Gourmet Mom said...

Great as gift!

Lisa said...

Looks like these cookies are also stamped with a lot of love. You made the Top 5 for this week's Sweets for a Saturday.

Unknown said...

I'd love it if you'd come by Themed Baker's Sunday and share your treat! This week's theme is cookies!
See you there!
Cupcake Apothecary

scrambledhenfruit said...

Love these! I'm saving the recipe- I love how clear your stamps came out.I want one of those now! :)