Happy Fourth of July weekend! The hot weather, having finally made its way to Chicago, limits the amount of time I want to spend inside my oven-like apartment. This means any baking is restricted to evening hours and only an hour at a time. However, in honor of the Fourth, I wanted to bake something fun, so I kept it simple and made sugar cookies with red, white, and blue frosting.
I used a sugar cookie recipe from Sur La Table (recipe below). This was also my first time using a shortening-based frosting recipe. I think the shortening made the frosting shiner than I expected. Then again, it could have been the amount of liquid food coloring I used.
Now, my plan was to send some of these frosted cookies to my sister (Codename: DSN Engineer) via my sister (Codename: Gamer Psychologist), who is flying out this weekend for a visit. However, a phone call to TSA informed me that frosted cookies would not make it through security in carry-on luggage unless I put the frosting in a separate 3-ounce container. Um, no. Only three ounces of frosting for three dozen cookies? This would never be acceptable to my sisters. So, I was only able to send plain sugar cookies. This really didn’t bother Gamer Psychologist because she actually prefers plain sugar cookies. It’s DSN Engineer that likes the frosting. In an ironic twist, Gamer Psychologist’s flight was oversold and she ended up having to check her bag (for free!) anyway. D’oh!
On a different note, I’m very proud to say that I’ve been awarded the “One Lovely Blog” award by High Heels and Good Meals.
Receiving this award from High Heels and Good Meals is pretty cool to me because I didn’t expect a blogger who discusses food and fashion to read my food-only blog! So, I’m really honored. High Heels and Good Meals is a great blog that mixes her love of food and fashion together. I really enjoy looking at High Heels and Good Meals for current fashion trends and styles, and she does so by modeling them herself! If you don’t have High Heels and Good Meals in your Google Reader, I highly recommend you do so!
Now that I’ve received this award, I need to tell you seven (summer-inspired) facts about myself. 1) I don’t care for hot weather. 2) I can deal with the heat better if I’ve got my iPod and headphones to distract me. 3) I’ll completely ignore the heat if I’m at a music festival, like Lollapalooza with Foo Fighters as the headliner. 4) I find the Taste of Chicago overrated. 5) I never swam in Lake Michigan until last summer because I thought the water was warm like the ocean. Wrong! It’s mid-50s in the summer, and a perfect way to cool off! 6) My favorite “ice cream truck” treat is a Good Humor strawberry shortcake bar. 7) I think sandals or open-toed shoes look good only if you’ve gotten a pedicure.
And, in honor of the holiday, I’d like to pass this award onto all the food bloggers in the United States! Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! (By the way, for all the Doristas out there, did I miss something or was the LYL for yesterday never posted?)
OUR FAVORITE SUGAR COOKIES
adapted from Sur La Table
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Sift together flour and baking powder; stir into creamed mixture, alternating with the heavy cream. Cover dough and chill for 2 to 3 hours until firm.
Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Grease cookie sheets or use a Silpat liner. Using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon, scoop out balls of dough, roll the dough into ball shapes, and flatten a bit onto the cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in preheated oven until bottom and edges of cookies are light brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.