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One Tough Cookie

Like every good baker, every now and then I go into other bakeries and test out their goodies. I like to check out what’s new in the baking world, taste their different flavors and frostings. This helps me to get new ideas on different flavor profiles and decorating ideas. I like to do my research and see what Sweet B’s is up against.

Being a foodie, I love to talk about food with everyone. In one of my most recent conversations with a coworker, we were talking about a new bakery that is in our area. She was raving about their sugar cookies and how they were the best sugar cookies she has ever had. This sparked my interest. Right after work, I made a detour and stopped at the bakery and picked up a couple of their sugar cookies. These cookies waited patiently on the passenger seat, until I got home so I could give them my undivided attention.

This bakery had huge circle sugar cookies that were topped with colored royal icing, and they looked delicious. After pulling the cookies out of the bag, I noticed how crumbly they were; they completely fell apart. Both cookies were in pieces before I even got to try them. After a few bites, I realized they reminded me of something. They have a processed taste similar to the cookies that you buy in the tin at Christmastime, and I was not impressed.

Nothing about the cookies made my taste buds excited. I didn’t think they were special at all. Sugar cookies should have a light taste with a hint of vanilla. They shouldn’t be overly sweet, dry or crumbly. Even the frosting should not be so sweet that it takes away from the cookie. Well, this is my obviously biased but honest opinion. Of course I think that I make a much better sugar cookie. I think I’ll take a few of my sugar cookies to let my coworker try and get her opinion. What’s your idea of a a good sugar cookie?

Sugar Cookie Obsession

If you put a variety of cookies in front of me, which would I choose? Super easy… in a heartbeat, I would choose a frosted sugar cookie.

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From a very young age, I’ve been fascinated with frosted sugar cookies. I remember my little sister and I helping mom cut out the cookies and decorate them with homemade frosting and colored sugars. Each of us would have a lid to some kind of cake pan or a plate to “help” control our sugar messes. We did this as a family for most holidays. My most vivid memories are of Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. (I tried to dig up some pictures of those days, but did not have any luck. Maybe my mom and sissy do….if so, let me know!)

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firetrucksBaking and decorating interested me so much that during my senior year of high school, I got a job at Cookies Etc. in the mall. Thanks to to them, I learned how to decorate cookies using piping bags and different kinds of metal tips. It really opened up a whole new world for me. I could not get enough of cookie decorating.

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This may sound geeky but for the Christmas of ’99, my family gave me decorating bags, tips, and a caddy to hold all of my decorating tools. I couldn’t have been happier!  After this I went on a cookie baking frenzy, making the cookie dough, cutting out fun shapes, frosting, and decorating sugar cookies for every holiday. I still use the same recipe that we first used with mom.

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Throughout the years, I have been working on my piping and decorating skills.  Baking is not a full time job for me (yet-fingers crossed), but I love learning, so the plan is to take some classes to learn different tecniques, when time allows.  Most recently, I took a Wilton decorating class to help me brush up on my decorating and to learn some new fun things.  At the beginning of this class I felt like the GT student, my patience was tested, but I loved it and am still practing my flowers.    carriages

Being able to be creative in the kitchen, is an amazing feeling. Whether it is choosing which cookie cutter to use (which I have a pretty nice collection of) or which tip to use, I’m always practicing and refining my skills. Not to toot my own horn, but…. I do have some pretty delicious and beautiful sugar cookies.

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Me at work.