I've made these cookies a looonnnngggg time ago. See how bee-yoo-tee-ful my pictures are? That's because I didn't have school that day(thanks to the snow fairy), so I spent my sun-filled morning (perfect for picture-taking) whipping up a batch of sugar cookies!
It was a snow day and both my parents had to go to work. Before my mom left, she, being her usual worrisome self, made me raise up my left hand and swear that I wasn't going to use the oven (she didn't want me to burn the house down). (just kidding! she just made me promise!) So I said, "Sure! I'll just make the cookie dough now, and wait till you get home to bake them." Originally, I was going to do that. But I decided to use the toaster oven instead. The toaster oven technically isn't an oven. So, I wasn't breaking the rules, just bending them.
One of the biggest troubles I have regarding cookies is using cookie cutters! I recently mastered this, so I thought I'd do a short tutorial on how to use cookie cutters.
So start with a dough of your choice. I used Melissa's Rolled Sugar Cookie recipe. I didn't feel like wiping the counters afterward, so I placed my dough between two layers of plastic wrap.
Start rolling our your dough to an even thickness. I think mine were rolled to about 1/4 of an inch. I usually eyeball it.
Lift the top layer of plastic wrap off (if using). Place cookie cutter on top of dough.
And press down to cut. If you are using metal cutters, be careful to not cut out the bottom layer of plastic as well.
Slowly lift out the cut cookie dough. I've read so many blogs, books, magazines, and etc.. And most of them recommend chilling the cookie dough before rolling and cutting. However, with this recipe, I found it hard to lift the cut cookie out of the chilled dough. The dough became rigid and fell apart. Interestingly enough, when I let the dough come to room temperature, it was sooo much more easier to lift the cut cookie out.
Place the cookie on a baking sheet. You may need to line it with parchment or grease it (Depends on your recipe) Keep cutting out cookies. With the extra dough that you can't cut from, knead it together again and repeat the process until there's no more left.
Bake and cool according to recipe.
P.S. If you're interested in knowing what that splatter-screen and plate gizmo is, check out this post.