(I seem to be doing lots of ‘parts’ lately)
Part 1 of the Great Cookie Extravaganza of 2011 began Monday morning with the mixing of a batch of chocolate sugar cookie dough
(I use Cook’s Illustrated’s recipe, it’s uber choclately due to blooming the cocoa in melted butter)
And then, after a chill in the fridge, the cutting out of shapes
The plan was to mix up a batch of vanilla sugar cookie dough & bake it while the chocolate ones baked & cooled
But then disaster happened
We ran out of vanilla.
I don’t make cookies much, that’s DH’s thing usually & he’s pretty good about telling me when he runs low on ingredients, but he failed to mention the lack of vanilla.
Regular sugar cookies were put off a day & instead we moved on to icing the chocolate ones
Thus ended part 1 of the Great Cookie Extravaganza
Part 2 began Tuesday morning when we mixed up the first of 3 batches of sugar cookie dough.
(I use the Joy of Cooking’s recipe)
The first batch became sugar covered.
The second batch was chilled & baked plain to be iced with friends Thursday.
The third batch was divided in half. One half remained plain. The other half was further divided & half dyed green & half red for spiral cookies. This dough was put in the fridge to wait until Wednesday
The red velvet & white chocolate cookies planned for Tuesday were put off for another day. Having baked 4 dozen cookies I was done baking for the day.
I was sweeping up colored sugar for hours.
But it was easier clean up than the hardened icing from Monday.
Wednesday we rolled the green & red dough together & made spiral cookies
Then we cut out the plain dough & baked them to add to the pile of cookies we will be icing with friends tomorrow.
As you can see from this photo, we had tacos for dinner.
Over 3 days I baked 9 dozen sugar cookies – 1.5 dozen chocolate iced ones, 1.5 dozen sugar coated ones, 2 dozen red & green ones and 4 dozen plain ones to be iced tomorrow.
I still have to make red velvet cookies, cocoa peppermint cookies, chocolate crack, and cocoa crinkles, though the cocoa crinkles might get dropped.
We host a New Year’s Eve party every year & the cookies are mostly for that & for the males nibbling.
I don’t really like sugar cookies. They are ok & the chocolate ones are quite tasty but the only thing I am making that I really enjoy eating are the cocoa peppermint cookies.
This is for the best really. I can’t go to the gym while the kids are out of school so the less tempting food I have around the better.