I had made sugar cookies from scratch once before when I made these cookies for the challenge. I was excited to try a new recipe and see how it compared.
Once again, I had trouble with the dough being very crumbly.
If ANYONE knows why this is happening, please let me know! (One theory presented so far is that it's because I use a hand mixer and perhaps the recipe is better suited for the faster and more powerful stand mixers?)
Sorry, I didn't get pictures of the dough rolled out or in the fridge.
Even though this recipe still had crumbly dough, it did a much better job holding the shape of the cutout than the recipe I tried last time.
Baked cookies on the left; cut out dough on the right...almost exactly the same!
All the baked cookies cooling on the rack.The challenge required that we decorate the cookies with royal icing, using a flooding technique and any additional piping we wanted. However, the challenge didn't require us to use a specific royal icing recipe, so I just used the Wilton recipe that I usually use.
I knew I didn't need an entire batch of sugar cookies sitting in my house (after all, I have a wedding dress to fit into), so I found them a nice home.
My cousin is a firefighter, so I took the cookies to his firehouse. With that plan in mind, I used a variation of the fire department's logo to decorate the cookies.
Here's the recipe if you want to give this version of sugar cookies a try:
200g / 7oz / ½ cup + 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, at room temperature