...Or so I'm told.
(Extra points if you know every reference made in that paragraph*)
Okay, so none of that is true other than today I was born. My mother actually did rather casually check herself in but it was in Richmond, Virginia (Not deep space but still pretty far from where I ended up, right?).
I never really know how to celebrate my birthday, but I do know that while I'd love to celebrate it with all of you, that just isn't possible.
But I can at least share one of my favorite treats (when I'm cheating on that whole gluten/dairy thing).
Kiri's Awesome Frosted Cookie Recipe
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks sweet cream butter, unsalted, softened (8 oz)
1 cup golden brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 t. kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
dash of almond extract
- Sift together the flour and baking powder.
- In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, salt, vanilla and almond.
- Add flour mixture to sugar/butter. Do this slowly, you want to get a completely homogenous mixture going so it's all good and dough like. It will be a dryer dough but if you feel the need, you can add a dash of milk.
- Now the hard part. You have to roll it up into a ball, then flatten to a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least 1 full hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll the dough onto a lightly floured surface to approximately 5/8” thick. Cut the cookies into shapes (Honestly sometimes cups work just as well to make that perfect round shape) and place the cut cookie shape on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to turn a LIGHT golden brown. Remember that sugar cookies tend to need to be removed almost before they look done.
- Remove from oven and place on rack to cool.
Now for the Frosting.
Most people like to use some variation of butter cream but I actually prefer royal icing--it has a bit harder texture and it's really easy to decorate with.
1 dram (tiny bottle) of LorAnn Oils vanilla butternut flavoring*
2 tbsp meringue (egg white) powder*
1/4 cup water
2 cups confectionery (powdered) sugar
Food Coloring of your choice
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Add water slowly. You want a stiffer consistency so you may not need the whole ammount.
- Add flavor
- Add coloring. (White frosting is kind of boring for one BUT the vanilla butternut is a dark brown flavoring and makes the whole thing kind of a very light brown. Can be the color of your choice. I highly recommend using Americolor food coloring*.)
*These can be found at baking supply stores.
Answers for references made above:
*Deep Space 9, Ender's Game, Star Wars, Firefly, Dragon Age, Legend of Zelda/Mario/This was pretty generic, Halo, Buffy.
Have An Amazing Kiri-Day, everyone!