Tonight, my husband and I chose to stay at home with our sweet dog and watch movies, cook, bake and just relax instead of heading out and partying to bring in the New Year. As we are planning to watch Ohio State beat Oregon tomorrow in the Rose Bowl, I decided that baking and decorating some OSU/football-themed sugar cookies would be a good fun project for the night."> New Years Resolution: Bake More « Baking – Decorating

New Years Resolution: Bake More

Posted by Jen Chiappisi on Thursday, December 31st, 2009 in Baking

Tonight, my husband and I chose to stay at home with our sweet dog and watch movies, cook, bake and just relax instead of heading out and partying to bring in the New Year. As we are planning to watch Ohio State beat Oregon tomorrow in the Rose Bowl, I decided that baking and decorating some OSU/football-themed sugar cookies would be a good fun project for the night.

In order to focus more on the decorating side of things, I’m using the Sugar Cookie bag mix from Betty Crocker. I figured that testing my decorating skills on sugar cookies throughout the beginning of the year would give me more practice than on cakes that are less easy to transport to my husband’s work for snacks for his co-workers.

How to Avoid Distorting Your Cookie-Cutter Shapes

I have always had some issues with cookie cutters and the transport of the shaped cookie to the baking sheet without losing it’s shape. This time around I took some advice and rolled out my dough on a silicon mat, cutting the cookies out and scrapping the rest of the cookie dough off the mat. This allowed me to transport the cookies on the mat to the baking sheet and cook them from there. ¬†Here are a few other tips I learned:

  • Roll your dough out on the silicon baking mat, removing the need to transport (and potentially mangle) your cookie shapes
  • Put your sheet of cookies in the freezer for a few minutes before placing them in the oven, this helps them keep their shape and distort less in the oven
  • If you’ve got cookies that have distorted in the oven, use your cookie cutters and re-cut your cookies. ¬†Wait appr. 3+ minutes before cutting to avoid cracks in your cookies. (Note: As in my photo, you’ll see that it does remove the clean edges a bit)

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Comments on “New Years Resolution: Bake More”


  • Sarah says:

    Love the Ohio State cookie cutters! Where’d you get them from?

  • Jen Chiappisi says:

     

    I actually received them as a gift, but have seen them in the Cheryl’s Cookie stores around Columbus (specifically at Easton Town Center).


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