Is there anything more delicious than a plain sugar cookie? The answer is yes, yes there is – these vibrant Sally sugar cookies!
If you’re new here, spooky baking and crafting is what we do all year long and The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect way to incorporate the forever lingering spooky season with the joy of the holidays.
Sugar cookies in my opinion are a little challenging in their simplicity and the cutout recipe is even a little trickier. But as they say, the devil is in the details! Here is the recipe I used, and while I would tweak it a tiny bit, I was happy with the way they held their shape and all-over-taste.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt (unless you use salted butter then nix the salt 1 cup sugar (use a little more to balance out the flour, it’s ok to play around a bit with dry ingredients in this recipe 😉
1 cup COLD buttah. You will want it chilled- it makes the difference in regualr sugar cookies and cutout.
2 teaspoons vanila extract
Preheat oven to 350, bake for 9 mins
Food coloring 101- gloves are a must! I know it seems like a no brainer, but if I didn’t have gloves at my house for when I color hair, I probably wouldn’t think about it!
Melding the different doughs together was easier than I thought it would be- marry together and press! The key is to do more pressing and less smushing, if that makes sense;)
My baking/crafting room is a HAWT mess, so the Disney cookie cutters that were intended for this project are buried beneath god knows what in god knows where. But I wasn’t gonna let that stop me from a tasty lil’ experiement. And yes, that is a Dr. Brown’s bottle cap from my infant daughters ‘baba’. Facepalm.
The stitching is arguably the most distinct part of any Sally craft, edible or not- and I just was not getting that ‘pop’ that I was looking for that screamed ‘Hey! Over Here! I’m Sally Ragdoll!”
After playing around a bit with sprinkles, a basic food coloring, I finally dug deep and found a purple gel food coloring that a) didn’t bleed when applied to a cooled cookie and b) looked black against the primary colors- yay for faking it ’till ya make it;)
One of my favorite things to do a few days before I begin any baking or crafting project, is get the setup, well, all setup to get the creative juices flowing. I also try and dig out what I think will work and pick up what I don’t have (a craft store run is therapy!).
This design is a good example of improvising when you think you have everything, but it doesn’t turn out quite as you expected. Don’t let a few bumps along the way deter you from putting yourself out there- what you do a year from now will be a million times better than what you are doing today, but you can still be proud of what is currently on the table.