|Baking with a neck brace, so sexy. Thanks to my|
wonderful friend Joely for the apron, I smiled for the
first time all week when I opened my package.
|I wanna help mama.|
Anyways, it's only a few days before Christmas so it's cookie time! I love decorating cookies with my family, I've done it since I was a little girl and plan on doing it every christmas to come. I decided to decorate cookies anyways this year even though I am by myself, it would not be christmas without them! Plus I was not totally alone, Penny tried to jump on the table 3 times while I was decorating them.
I planned on making cookies from scratch, but after spending 4 days in muscle relaxer coma on the couch, I did not feel like doing all that work. So, I decided to go with a package mix. Like I said before, proceeded foods should be eaten in moderation and very rarely. A few cookies for the holidays is fine. I am keeping a couple for myself and taking the rest to work for everyone to share.
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix. I substituted vegan shortening for the butter and soy milk for the egg. Although it does not say to do so on the package, I refrigerated the dough over night like normal sugar cookie dough. This really makes rolling out and cutting the dough easier. However, I needed a lot of flour to prevent the dough from sticking. This is a common complaint I found on the reviews for this mix. The cookies tasted good in the end, but the dough puff up more than I would have liked. Overall, if you want cheap and easy sugar cookies, this mix is just fine. But it's nothing special, homemade from scratch are better.
I made a double batch so I used two packages. Half this recipe for a single batch.
Sorry I did not take pictures of the whole process, I made the dough last night when I got off work and was I too tired.
2 packages of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
2 stick of vegan shortening (I used Earth Balance), softened
1/2 cup soy milk
In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until. Make sure all the shortening is worked in and there are no lumps.
Spray some plastic wrap with cooking spray. Form the dough into a ball and cover with the plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
On a clean, well floured surface, divided the chill dough into quarters. Work with one quarter at a time and put the rest back in the fridge.
Bake for 7 to 9 minutes. The edges will be slightly golden and the inside still white.
Let them cool on the baking sheet for a minute then remove and let them cool completely.
Then decorate them as desired. I used sparkle gel icing and basic Christmas sprinkles.
Every year I make a Shaun White sugar cookie because he is my favorite snowboarder.
|Shaun White cookie!|
|Car crash cookie. There was no blood in my|
accident but that is not as fun to decorate.
I am feeling better so I should be back to my normal blogging soon. Look out for my Thai feast Christmas Eve dinner....