Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Basic Cookie Dough 2 - Woolworths Recipe

Biscuits: 29-Dec-09

Basic Cookie Dough recipe is from Woolworths Fresh Magazine, Issue 46, December 2009, Cinnamon Snowflakes, pg 76.

I think this recipe turned out much nicer than the previously blogged about basic cookie dough 1... :-D

250g butter, softened (I used unsalted butter)
3/4 cup caster sugar (I found this a bit sweet, so would reduce perhaps to 1/2 cup caster sugar)
1 egg yolk 
1 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla essence & it was OK)
2 1/4 cups plain flour

1/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 block Plaistowe white chocolate
rainbow coloured chocolate bits

1. Preheat oven to 180oC. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2. Beat butter & sugar together for about 8 minutes until pale & creamy.
3. Add egg yolk & vanilla and beat until smooth.
4. Sift flour over butter mixture & gently stir in until well combined.
5. Divide mixture into half, wrap in plastic wrap & chill for about 15 minutes.
6. Roll 1 portion of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface (or between 2 sheets of cling wrap) until approx 3 mm thick.
7. Cut out biscuits using snowflake or other shaped cutter (I used hearts & ice-cream shaped cutters) and arrange on baking tray.

Note: If you want, press an ice-cream stick behind the cookie shape - in this case, the heart shape & put a bit of dough to cover the top of the ice-cream stick to secure it to the back of the heart cookie.


(a) Heart Shaped cookie on sticks:
Combine sugar & cinnamon (quantities under topping) and sprinkle over biscuits to lightly coat (I sprinkled only on the heart shapes & left the ice-cream shapes plain for other toppings).
Bake for approx 8 - 10 mins until golden (I baked at 170oC for about 20 mins).
Leave cookies in tray for about 5 minutes before removing & cooling on wire racks.

(b) Ice-cream cones:
Once completely cooled, melt white chocolate in microwave for about 30 secs (watch it though as white chocolate can burn!). then put on ice-cream cone & sprinkle with rainbow chocolate chips. 
Refridgerate till white chocolate hardens.

Hubby complimented by telling me that I should make these for church fundraiser or something! *hehe* whilst others that night (I brought them to a friend's place that night after baking them) said it looked pretty & quite professional... Yay! :-)

Did these ones for my SIL's b'day... 

These next lot I made for Maureen had a special symbolism behind the different shapes...  :-D 

Gingerbread with
- red buttons - E
- green buttons - N
- pink buttons - J
- orange buttons - Hubby & I
- Dog - Dukie
- blue buttons - S
- yellow buttons - M
- multicoloured buttons - Maureen
- silver buttons - mum.

- plain heart - our love for Maureen
- decorated heart with cross on it - Christ love for you & me! 


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