Baking Classics: Sugar Cookies

Baking Tutorials. Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Editorial Director Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Pastry Chef Writer TV Cooking Personality Writer Food Stylist Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern SocialsBaking Classics

The Technique

Classic Sugar Cookies

A good sugar cookie should leave a trail of granules about the space in which it was consumed. In the truest form, these cookies are finished the old-fashioned way with the standard but can be decorated however you so please for a fresh, modern look. Choose wild colors or those exuding holiday cheer by substituting your favorite variety of sugar for a custom creation. If it simply isn’t Christmas unless a plate of iced sugar cookies is left for Santa, look to Classic Sugar Cookies & Holiday Cookie Decorating for pointers to fill the order. The versatile dough can be used to bake any shape. A little cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg transforms it into Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies while replacing a little of the flour with cocoa powder yields a rich Chocolate Sugar Cookie. Learn how to make a holiday Rolled Cookie classic that can be cut into a variety of festive shapes & decorated a number of different ways throughout the year. 

Southern Entertaining Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Baking Tutorial TV Cooking Personality Holiday Cookies How To Make Sugar Cookies Southern Hostess Southern Baking Pastry Chef Baking TutorialSouthern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickClassic Sugar Cookies
makes about 3 dozen

Brushing the dough before baking & sprinkling the cutouts with sugar will yield a sweeter cookie if prepared as instructed. The step can be omitted, if desired. Simply sprinkle the cookies liberally with the sugar immediately upon removing the pans from the oven.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 egg white
Granulated sugar

Cream the butter & the sugar on Medium speed with a stand mixer until light & airy, about 5 minutes. Stop the mixer occasionally & scrape down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula. Add the egg, the vanilla & lemon juice. Mix the dough just until blended. Whisk together the flour & the salt in a small bowl. Add to the butter mixture & blend just until the dough comes together. Divide the dough in half to form two discs. Wrap each disc with plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll the dough discs to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut 3 1/8-inch fluted round shapes from the dough & place 1-inch apart on parchment paper-lined half sheet pans. Re-roll the dough scraps & repeat the process. Brush the egg white over the shapes & generously sprinkle with sugar. Bake, in batches, on the center oven rack 14 to 16 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Sprinkle additional sugar over the cookies immediately upon removing from the oven. Cool completely.

Southern-Entertaining-Game-Day-Entertaining-Buttermilk-Lipstick-Tailgating-Rebecca-Gordon-ButtermilkLipstick-RebeccaGordon-Gameday-Entertaining-Tailgating-Recipes-Tailgate-Party-Football-Party-Tailgating-Dips-Tailgating-Appetizers-Tailgate-Dips-Tailgate-Appetizers-Southern-Entertaining-Southern-Hostess-Buttermilk-LipstickFROM THE KITCHEN OF BUTTERMILK LIPSTICK 
{testing notes}

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day TailgatingHow To Make Classic Sugar Cookies

The first step to handcrafting something stellar is to begin with quality ingredients. The rest comes down to utilizing the proper procedure & not cutting corners. Rolled Cookies refer to a specific cookie style. Gingerbread & sugar cookie dough are examples of the type of cookies classified in this category. Blend the dough, roll it out & cut the shapes. Leavening affects the final shape of the cookies so if you prefer a clean, crisp texture & look, it can be omitted from many recipes as in the case of Classic Sugar Cookies. Baking soda & powder produce puffier shapes & in many cases, a soft or cake-like texture as found in Buttermilk Gingerbread Cookies.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickThe Technique

From quality ingredients that are measured properly to blending & portioning them just so, you can create a batch of cookies that replicate those from a fine bakeshop. With a few pointers, you’ll be well on your way to baking pan after pan of irresistible cookies & know you’ve created something a little more wholesome. It’s important to first read over a recipe before jumping right in or you may find yourself in a bind. Toasting nuts, blending items ahead of time & measuring ingredients well before needed always makes the process more manageable. Make certain ingredients are the proper temperature before beginning as well. Here’s what you should know.

Baking Tutorials. Old-Fashioned Caramel Cake By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern SocialsNo. 1

The Ingredients

The Sugar

Sugar acts as a spreading agent so it’s important that it is measured accurately for use in recipe applications, particularly when cutting shapes from the dough so the cookies read well once baked.

The Basics: Drop Cookies. Pecan-Oat Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Baking & Cooking Tutorials Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Editorial Director Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist Photographer Tv cooking Personality Southern Hostess Game Day EntertainingThe Butter

Softened butter is called for often in recipe applications. The key is to begin the mixing process whether for cookies or other baked items with butter that is the proper consistency. It shouldn’t be too firm nor too soft. You should be able to create a rudimentary butter curl with a spoon indicating that it is indeed ready to use.

Cooking Techniques. Eggs By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Editorial Director Practical Culinary Techniques For Everyday Cooks Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Pastry Chef Writer Food Stylist TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Game Day Entertaining Cooking & Baking TutorialsThe Egg, The Vanilla & The Lemon Juice

Whole eggs bind ingredients together. Always use pure vanilla extract & freshly squeezed lemon juice when baking for quality flavor.

Baking Lessons: Brioche-Style Rolls By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Editor-In-Chief Southern Cooking & Tailgating Entertaining Brand Pastry Chef Author Writer Food Stylist Photographer Editorial Director Fox 6 Contributor The Flour & The Salt 

One of the most important steps when making a batch of cookie dough is being certain the dry ingredients are dispersed evenly throughout the dough for a consistent flavor. Always whisk them together before adding them to the butter & sugar mixture for the best results when baking.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day TailgatingNo. 2

The Cookie Blending Procedure 

The Creaming Process

The creaming process is a chance to prepare ingredients to meld together to ensure a pleasing end result. Fat that is the proper temperature & sugar are blended together using a flat beater attachment until the mixture is light & airy.

After approximately 2 minutes, you will notice a sandy mixture clinging to the bowl sides. It’s important to scrape down the bowl sides occasionally using a rubber spatula to be certain the mixture is evenly blended at the end of the process. 

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating2a

Scrape down the bowl sides once again using a rubber spatula before adding the egg, the vanilla & the lemon juice. Mix the dough on Low speed just until blended. 

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating2b

Once the egg has been incorporated into the dough, expect a whipped-like texture & consistency.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating2c

Whisk together the flour & the salt in a small bowl. Add to the butter mixture all at once. Blend on Low speed just until the dough comes together. The important take away is that you do not want to over blend the dough which could result in one tough cookie.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating2d

At the end of the mixing procedure, expect a soft dough that holds together well. Remove the dough from to the flat beater attachment using a rubber spatula. Lift the dough from the bottom of the bowl & be certain the entire mass is well blended so that the cookies bake consistently.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day TailgatingNo. 3

The Sugar Cookie Dough

Remove the dough from the work bowl. There will be approximately 2-pounds of dough. Divide it in half & form two discs. Wrap each disc with plastic. Chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating3a

Roll the dough discs to a 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut the shapes from the dough & place 1-inch apart on parchment paper-lined half sheet pans. Re-roll the dough scraps & repeat the process. Work in small batches to prevent excessive re-rolling of the dough which will prevent a tough cookie. Place the dough back in the refrigerator for a few minutes if it becomes too warm.

Baking Tutorials. Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Digital Culinary Photo Journalist Cooking & Baking Tutorials Editorial Director Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer TV Cooking Personality Modern Southern Socials Holiday Entertaining Game Day Tailgating
3b

Brush the egg white over the shapes & generously sprinkle with sugar. 

Southern Entertaining Classic Sugar Cookies By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Southern Hostess Baking Tutorial TV Cooking Personality Holiday Cookies How To Make Sugar Cookies Southern Hostess Southern Baking Pastry Chef Baking TutorialNo. 4

The Baking

Before baking cookies, it’s important to preheat the oven in advance so that the dough performs as it should during the baking process. Only bake one pan of portioned cookie dough at a time for accurate results. Adding too much into the oven at one time will slow the baking process & skew how the dough bakes.

Much of the sugar added before baking will melt during the baking process. Sprinkle them with sugar again once they come from the oven as it will stick on the warm surface of the cookies. Allow them to cool completely on the pans before removing as they will be soft & pliable but they will then firm & crisp upon cooling. Baking the dough when using this method will not produce a completely flat surface as the egg white will essentially seal the dough as it bakes. Expect a few raised portions over the surface. Preparing the Classic Sugar Cookie dough without the egg white & the granulated sugar over the tops will yield a smooth surface ideal for iced & decorated sugar cookies.

If substituting colored sugars, check individual packaging to ensure the colors will not bleed if baked with the sugar as some brands will & some will not. The sugar can be added after the baking process too & sprinkled over cookies dipped in a little Buttermilk-Vanilla Glaze. I find that tinting the glaze the same shade as the colored sugar lends the prettiest look for this application.

The Tune
“Peanut Brittle Brigade March” Duke Ellington

social butterfly
instagram: buttermilklipstick
facebook: Buttermilk Lipstick
twitter: Buttermilk Lipstick@ButtermilkLips
{college football} Rebecca Gordon@TidefanFare
pinterest: Buttermilk Lipstick
Rebecca Gordon

Be sweet.

About Rebecca Gordon

* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Southern College Football Fanatic * SEC Tailgate Strategist * Southern Recipe Writer & Sometimes Novelist * Half-Hour Hostess * Media Personality * Houndstooth Hound Owner * Small Town Dreamer * Big Idea Doer * 3rd Generation Pimiento Cheese Fixer * Casserole Maker * Budweiser Drinker * Bourbon Cocktail Sipper * Peanut Butter Love Affair * Cookie Monster * Calorie Burner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer but doesn't care * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply