Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sugar cookies can be a work of art. I’m not an artist but I can make sugar cookies that taste good. Here are variations to make sugar cookies more than ordinary.
• Chocolate Sugar Cookies. I like chocolate. So my first choice is for chocolate sugar cookies. A fudgy sugar cookie with dark, fudgy frosting is my perfect sugar cookie. You’ll find a great mix here.
• Cinnamon Chip Sugar Cookies. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 to one cup of cinnamon chips to your dough. Add them at the end and don’t beat longer than necessary.
• Raspberry, Strawberry, or Blueberry Sugar Cookies. Add blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry bits for splashes of color and a burst of flavor.
• Bark Topped Sugar Cookies. Our new chopped bark -- a combination of candy and white chocolate chopped into pieces for decorations -- adds a lot of flavor and a pretty topping.
• Cranberry Nut Sugar Cookies. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 cup finely chopped cranberries and 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts to the dough.
• Butterscotch Sugar Cookies. Add a teaspoon of butterscotch flavor. Depending on the size of your recipe, add 3/4 to one cup of butterscotch chips to your dough. Add them at the end.
• Spiced Sugar Cookies. Add a teaspoon of good quality cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon ginger.
• Zested Orange, Lemon, or Lime Sugar Cookies. Add a tablespoon of zest and a teaspoon of orange flavor, lemon flavor, or lime flavor to your cookies.
You can see that sugar cookies don’t have to be “plain vanilla.” In addition to what you see here, consider adding flavors to both your dough and your frosting. (You’ll taste more flavor in your frosting since heat drives off some of the flavor in your dough.) Add other dried fruit and nuts -- just keep the pieces small. Experiment with peanut butter chips or peanut butter in your dough.
Dennis Weaver is the author of the popular 250-page eBook, How to Bake. You can get your free copy of this culinary-school type book, as well as a free Christmas dinner guide on the Prepared Pantry website. Just click on the banner below!