For those of you that know me know I love baking. Ever since my mum showed me how to make cookies when I was a small child I've loved baking biscuits, cakes, tarts, name it I bake it. I find it very relaxing thinking of a recipe, getting the mixing bowl out and create something tasty. Some how I've never done a baking post on Handmade Home though but that is about to change!
I love baking sugar cookies, they are so simple to make and you can add any flavouring you like to this basic dough. In the summer I like to add lemon zest or rose water and in the winter it's very nice to add spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. What you need for these printed cookies is an old fashioned brandy or whisky glass, have you ever looked at the bottom of the glasses your nan or maybe mum has in her cupboard? They have beautiful art works at their base and the only thing you have to do is press them in your biscuits and voila you have a great imprint in your cookie!
If you don't have any old style glasses pop to the charity or thrift shop you can pick them up for very little money there. I payed 30p for the tumbler glass and £1 for the bottle stop. Look for anything that has a great pattern and is relatively flat. Give it a good wash and you are ready to print your biscuits!
Have a look at my video here:
To make my favourite sugar cookies you need:
- 150 grams of butter
- 100 grams of caster sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste
- 250 grams of flour
Mix all of this together and your dough is done, add any spices or flavourings you like. For the cookies in the video I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and half a teaspoon of nutmeg.
After you've done your imprint you need to rest your biscuits in the fridge for at least half an hour, this will makes sure you can still see you design after baking. Bake in a preheated oven on 175 degrees Celsius for 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown.
What do you think? Are you going to give them a try? What flavourings will you add to the dough?