The idea for this post really came about when I was looking to do some tea-time style photo set-ups. I wanted to include little biscuits as props, and started to think up different types of biscuits that one could make easily as a home treat and enjoy with a nice cup of tea. Maybe its a British thing?!
Well anyway this is a simple tried and tested sugar cookie (or biscuit) recipe which I have made many times, and thus so versatile. Its not too sweet, has the perfect crunch, but is slightly soft to the bite too. I used small little cutters for most of the shapes so I love how they are diddy and cutely bite-size!
So here you go, one biscuit made in four different ways! Recipe is at the bottom!
1. Sprinkle sugar cookies
Add coloured sprinkles to your ready made sugar cookie dough, and when rolling out, sprinkle more on top so that you have some exposed sprinkles. A great way of adding colour to your sugar cookies, and something the kids will like!
2. Decorate your cup or mug
I have seen this idea floating around via Pinterest and just love how cookies can jazz up the look of a drink! They would also be pretty festive looking if you cut them out into stars (or Christmas trees!), and added them to mugs of hot chocolate for fall/autumn or Christmas! Infact you could even add spices to your dough!
Once you have used your cutter to cut out your cookies, just use a knife carefully to slightly cut out a little piece where you can slip the cookie onto your chosen mug/cup once baked.
3. Gold sprayed sugar cookies
Such a decadent way of making your cookies have that extra special something to them! Simply spray paint your ready baked cookies with gold edible spray, and leave to dry for about half an hour or so. And ta-da! Sparkly gold biscuits. I think they would make lovely wedding favors!
4. Dipped in chocolate
This is really just an excuse to make your sugar cookies a little chocolatey! Melt some good quality chocolate and then dip your cookies half way into it. Sprinkle with chocolate sugar strands and leave to set on a baking tray in the fridge till chocolate is hard. A lovely after dinner treat with coffee for when you have guests over!
And there you have it. Four easy ways to decorate your sugar cookie. And really the possibilities are endless - sprinkle them with all kinds of sprinkly goodness, add edible glitter, or dip in white chocolate and add crushed nuts!
So tell me, do you have a favourite?
Makes about 18-24 cookies depending on cutter-size
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tspns vanilla essence
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tspns baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a bowl, cream the butter together with the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and essence. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the egg mixture one cup at a time and form in a dough. The dough should be soft. Divide the dough into two, and carefully roll out on a floured surface. Cut out desired shapes using cookie cutters. Bake on a baking sheet lined tray for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Leave to cool.