So over the weekend I did some epic baking. From this recipe that I found on Pinterest for pinata cookies. See, I'm pretty good at the food part of baking (like mixing things and putting them into the oven), but the artistic/fun side I struggle with. So, when I found out about The Pintester Movement I figured I'd go for it. The premise of it is that we should move out of our comfort zone and finally make something that we've had pinned forever, even if you think it's out of your league.
As per usual, I have changed a few things about these, which actually is likely why they didn't work. I tried to do stars, in honor of Memorial Day, but then there wasn't enough room to cut out a circle to make them pinata like. So instead they were just cookies. I'm not huge on sugar cookies, but my friends and co-workers liked them. Remember, even if you think you might fail, you're going to end up with something to eat (or a great story).
This is a multi-step project, so bear with me. Basically, you make the dough, put it in the fridge, then roll it out and cut it into shapes. I've never done this before, so it seemed long to me. However, much of the time is inactive, so no worries.
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Butter (that's 2 sticks)
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Cream of Tarter (it's by the spices in the grocery store)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
5 Cups Flour
First, cut the butter into pieces and let it come to room temperature. It just saves time. Put it into a giant bowl, or if you don't have one, a spaghetti pot.
Next, add the sugars and beat together for a while, until incorporated.
Pour some wine and let your friend do the work for you (Hi Liz!).
Add the eggs and oil and incorporate.
Add the dry ingredients in small amounts. This time, man up and mix yourself.
Next add the extracts.
Divide the dough into portions and color. Obviously, I used red, white (slash no color), and blue.
Definitely make sure to get a picture of your Dexter hands.
Now this is kind of where the wheels began to fall off of the wagon. The plan was to make flag shapes and then they'd be big enough to stuff with delicious M&Ms. However, we (mostly me, let's be honest here) couldn't really figure out how to stack the dough so it looked like a flag. After some googling, I just wrapped it up and put it into the fridge to roll out as stars the next day.
Refrigerate for a while (I did overnight, but a few hours would be sufficient I think). Liberally spread your work space and rolling pin with flour (if you don't have a rolling pin, you can use a wine bottle. If you haven't got one of those, I really can't help you). Lay the dough out and roll until desired thickness. Since at this point I had no idea what I was doing, I just rolled until I didn't want to anymore. Use cookie cutters to make some pretty shapes.
Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.
So the next step SHOULD be to cut a circle out of the middle of a cookie, then glue it with frosting to a second cookie, add M&Ms, then glue a third cookie. But this is what happened when I tried to cut a hole.
So I didn't do that, I just made cookies. They were delicious.
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