Monday, 11 August 2014

Pastel Sugar Cookies


Some days I wake up and just fancy baking all day. And this weekend, while helping my Mum bake treats for a cricket tea, I went ahead and made these super easy vanilla sugar cookies for us lot! You know that I well and truly have the baking bug, but now the Great British Bake Off is back (thank god!) my level of want is sky high! 

So in ode to "biscuit week" here is the recipe to make these delicious sugar cookies...


Ingredients
Makes approximately 36 small cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups self raising flour

Preheat your oven to 350˚F or gas mark 4. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. I started off with a mixer but realised my butter wasn't soft enough so ended up doing it the old school way with a wooden spoon. Next, beat in the egg and the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl combine the flour and baking powder, and add a spoonful at a time to the wet mixture. You can do this with an electric mixer, a metal spoon, or by hand - whichever you prefer. The great thing about this dough is that you don't have to chill it or let it rest at all to be able to work with it. Simply flour a countertop and roll out in batches. You want the cookies to be thicker than normal (about 1/4 inch thick) and they need to be spaced out when baking (about six cookies to a tray). Bake the cookies for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown, and cool on a wire rack.

For the icing, I didn't do any measuring. I simply used a tiny amount of concentrated gel food colouring (rose, leaf green, sky blue) to get the pale pastel shades - as you know I'm loving pastels at the moment - and added icing sugar and a little water until the icing was a paste consistency. I popped a heaped teaspoon onto each cookie and used a palette knife to spread into the heart shape. I'm impressed with the results; I think they're pretty cute, and tasty too!


What have you been baking recently?

This recipe was adapted from In Katrina's Kitchen
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    1. They didn't last long! Nothing ever does in my family, haha! Xx

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  2. These are suuuuuper cute! X

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  3. I love these, such a simple idea but they look so effective together, with the cute pastel shades! xx

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    1. Thanks Amber! Yeah, I really like that they're simple but still look quite good in all their pastel glory. It's a great recipe for an afternoon tea! Xx

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  4. they look so cute - nice post :)

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  5. These are so cute! They sound really simple to make as well. They would be perfect for baking with the kids I child mind! x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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    1. Ooh great idea! The kids will have so much fun cutting out different shapes and decorating them all! Xx

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  6. These look soo delicious! The pastel icing is so pretty too!

    Catherine xx
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  7. Yum, they look delicious. Very Pintrest worthy.
    xxx Claire
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    1. All I ever want in life is to be Pinterest worthy, haha! Thanks Claire xx

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  8. These look so cool, I want to eat one x
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    1. Maybe I should start selling them! Xx

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  9. These are so cute, and sound like they taste amazing !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

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  10. These look lovely, I love pastel colours x

    daisy-drops

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  11. These look so cute and gorgeous, I am such a bad baker/cook but wanna give this a go xxx

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    1. Ooh hope you do Jessica! They're ever so easy to make! Xx

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  12. I have days where I just randomly feel the urge to feel the bake too! These look so cute and you've reminded me that I haven't made any biscuits in a while. Feeling that urge now XD

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    1. I'm having one of those days again... I think it's that Friday feeling, haha! Xx

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  13. Oh, pretty! I've never been a baker really, nothing ever seemed to go right hahah! These look great though, and very tempting!

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  14. Thanks for leaving your link in the bloggers chat - so glad you did because I'm loving your posts! I couldn't resist clicking on this one which says a lot about me because I'm a complete foodie haha. I love waking up and being in a mood to bake, especially when you just have music in the background and it's a nice chilled day! Those cookies look delicious and so pretty.

    Look forward to reading more posts, have a great bank holiday :) Saida xx
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  15. They look yummy, love the mug too, we have the matching dinner set :)

    Jilly
    jillyjillyblog

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  16. These look such a treat they're so cute! :) I recently made a sweet potato cake, it was actually really nice! :)

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