Birthday Cookies

A few years ago I bought some Star Wars cookie cutters from William Sonoma. They were embossed and not only cut out the silhouette of the characters, but outlined the features as well. Could I do the same thing with rubber stamps and plain cookie cutters? Besides this month is my birthday month.

The trick was to find a cookie that didn't spread very much in baking. Although I think a shortbread recipe is best, I wanted a sugar cookie. A google search brought something called "No-Fail Sugar Cookies". To make about 2 dozen 3" cookies make the following:

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat until fluffy then add:

3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

roll out between waxed paper then chill for about an hour.

Dip your clean rubber stamp (used only for food) into some flour then press it into the chilled cookie dough. I had the best result with thinner cookies and deeper pressed stamps. The cookies don't spread as much as some, but they do spread a bit and lightly pressed images will disappear in the baking.

Bake in a 350˚ oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

Allow to cool. They are fine as is, but what's a sugar cookie without icing? I mixed confectioner's sugar, milk, food coloring and a tiny, tiny drop of peppermint flavoring. With a new artist's brush I painted the icing around the perimeter and sprinkled on colored sugar.
With all of the millions of rubber stamps out there, think of the possibilities.


Nadine @ Chic with the Kool-Aid Mustache said...

What a great idea! My Mom had some Christmas cookie cutters that made an imprint, otherwise we'd never have figured out that cookie bob was Santa with a sack on his back! The possibilities are pretty endless with this idea...HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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