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Pipe Dream #75: To Believe They Exist – Unicorn Sugar Cookies

Ok. Do I even need to write anything?

Yes, I suppose I do. But aren’t you even freaking out about how cute these are? I mean, I know I am not really normal sometimes, but seriously. I was freaking out.

I was especially flippin’ because I had never tried this recipe or icing technique before. Never been a cookie decorator have I. Plus, I don’t exactly have a set of cookie cutters with which to cut cookies for decoration and consumption. This one was lent to me for the occasion.

In the past, I have skipped over the traditionally frosted sugar cookies, like the ones you get on a cookie plate at Christmas? They are cute, but they always seem super thin and overbaked. Overall, not worth the calories that could be spent on peanut butter blossoms or gingersnaps or something.

These are special though. I took care to roll these out a little thicker. The result was a slightly soft sugar cookie with a bit of snap left. Far better than the sugar cookies I’ve eaten in the past.

In honor of these cookies, I have slightly adapted a quote from my dear aunt:

“Really excellent sugar cookies are like unicorns. They sound really great, and you’d really like to believe that they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.”

Well, you’ve thought about them, hoped after them, and now you have finally seen them, folks. The ultimate sugar cookie.

Never fear, the icing tutorial is coming later this week. Then you will know. :] :] :] Gosh, these cookies are so fun.

Wishin’ and hopin,’

L

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

From Bake At 350

3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar (I use sugar that I’ve stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.

Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (Bridget recommends freezing the cut out shape on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking, but I didn’t do it.) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Pipe Dream #36: To Be Like Willy Wonka – Sea Anemone Cupcakes

I think I’ve told you before about my family’s newfound Netflix craze. My parents had never had cable before, so getting Netflix was kind of a big deal.

You get no…You get NO…YOU GET NO COMM-ER-CIALS. Name that movie musical.

There were entire seasons of all these old cable shows uploaded on Netflix. People had been raving for years about shows like Stargate SG-1 and Deadliest Catch while we lived on in blissful ignorance, content with the standard network television offerings. I don’t regret this; it was probably good that we weren’t exposed to more media. And I particularly do not regret never seeing Spongebob Squarepants (that was such a great sentence). Sew annoying. I know I just probably lost about 50 percent of my subscribers, but I have to be honest about Spongebob.

Anyway, Cake Boss is the first show my family ever got addicted to on Netflix. Everyone would sit for a couple hours (that’s four episodes!) every day until we finished every season. The lobster pastries! The fondant! The Italian family drama! It is irresistible.

Weirdly, I don’t think we watched it because we’re so into baking or anything. It’s more the idea that the massive, realistic cakes the bakery makes are totally edible. It’s like every kid’s ultimate dream come true: that Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory would be a real place. Who didn’t want to eat those edible daffodil teacups while singing strangely atonal phrases about abstract ideas?

These cupcakes turned out to be Valastro-esque kind of by accident. They started out looking like this:

Cute, yeah? I am really happy about the little golden balls I bought to put on the top which may or may not be illegal in some states, but not Europe! so I’m not going to worry. But I felt the needed something more…

So I dyed some extra frosting and added leetle decorations.

In their little aqua holder, I thought they looked particularly like little sea creatures, hence sea anemone cupcakes. Edible anemones!

And I was pretty happy with them. It felt like the most creative thing I’d done in forever.

Try using a combination of piping tips to decorate your next cupcakes. It’s easy, and the presentation is impressive.

“Nil deperandum, dear lady. Across the desert lies the promised land. Goodbye, Mrs. Gloop. Adieu! Auf wiedersehen. Gesundheit. Farewell,”

L

P.S. I used a one-bowl chocolate cake recipe, and the really good piping frosting I found. Bonus, I filled these babies with some leftover peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Divine.


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