What’s great about this recipe is its adaptability. Use it to make seasonal cookies for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s day, or create themed cookies. The sky is the limit. Use seasonal colors and sprinkles to create festive cookie platters.
Cake flour contains less protein and is ideal for cake and cookies with a super tender crumb. In addition to cake flour, I’m also using corn starch and powdered sugar to keep the cookies soft. And to keep them moist, I use butter/margarine, oil, and sour cream.
- Cake Flour, around 9% protein
- Corn Starch
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Margarine (most brands contain salt if this is the case, omit salt in the recipe)
- Oil (Canola, for example)
- Sour Cream
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Extract
TIP: Bring ingredients to room temperature before using.
Cream together room temperature butter and good quality margarine for 30 seconds (steps 1-2). Then in 2 additions, beat in mild-tasting oil, like Canola (steps 3-4).
Then beat in powdered sugar, beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes (step 5).
Beat in 1 whole large egg (steps 6-8).
Now it’s time to add full-fat sour cream in 2 additions. Beat till well combined, about 30 seconds and up to a minute (steps 1-3).
Let’s not forget flavorings. I used Vanilla and Almond Extract.
Beat extracts into the batter (steps 1-5).
Sift cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt(if using) thru a sieve (steps 1-5).
At low speed, gradually in 3 additions, beat flour mixture into the butter mixture. Scrape down the bowl in between. Beat until nearly all flour streaks are gone (steps 1-6). Take a spatula and scrape down the bowl, and even the bottom of the bowl, to make sure all is well combined (step 7). This cookie dough is soft and sicky. This is normal (step 8).
SHAPE COOKIE BALLS
Use 1 tablespoon measure or a handy ice cream scoop to pick up cookie batter from the mixing bowl (steps 1-5).
Place even amounts of cookie batter onto a tray/baking sheet lined with parchment.
It’s okay to crowd the baking sheet. Cover cookie dough balls with a food wrap. And chill until cookie balls are not too sticky to the touch, about an hour.
Quickly shape each cookie dough ball into smooth balls. Transfer onto a baking sheet lined with parchment and space them out about 2 inches apart.
HOW TO FLATTEN COOKIE BALLS
First, make sure cookie balls are not too soft. If they are overly soft, refrigerate them until they firm a bit, 30 minutes or so.
Use a small piece of parchment square and a flat side of a glass or a measuring cup.
Place parchment on top of the ball. Then gently press it down with the bottom of the measuring cup. Flatten the balls to about 5/16 to 3/8 inch thick. Peel off parchment and repeat (steps 1-4).
To frost cookies, I used American Buttercream, which consists of unsalted butter, powdered sugar, milk, and flavorings.
Use good quality unsalted butter and sift the powdered sugar if needed. I like to use Vanilla Extract and a touch of Almond Extract.
- Unsalted butter at room temperature
- Powdered sugar, sift lumps are present
- Flavorings: Vanilla, Almond Extract
- Pinch of Salt
Cream butter for 30 seconds (step 1). Then gradually, in 2 additions, add powdered sugar and salt, and beat at medium to high speed until smooth and creamy (step 2). The mixture will be thick. Beat in flavorings, and to make it a bit softer and spreadable, add room-temperature milk (steps 3-8).
Color buttercream or leave it white. It’s up to you. You can use white buttercream and colorful sprinkles if that’s all you have, no need to get food colors.
Divide buttercream into two bowls and color it with sky blue and pink gel colors.
DECORATE WITH BUTTERCREAM AND SPRINKLES
I used edible silver strands, they kind of look like jimmies. Then I also used white sprinkles, gold and silver sanding sugar.
With the back of the spoon, spread a thin layer of buttercream onto a cookie (steps 1-3).
Then take a small spatula, pick a small amount of pink buttercream, and spread it across the blue buttercream (steps 4-6).
Immediately decorate buttercream with sprinkles. I poured sprinkles into tiny silicone bowls for an easy pour. They are flexible and work great for so many different projects.
I started with silver strands, then white nonpareils, silver, and gold sanding sugar (steps 1-5).
If you prefer, you can frost cookies with a pink base first and then use blue buttercream to accent the pink frosting.
These cookies will keep well in a sealed container in the fridge for up a one week.
HOW TO STORE COOKIES?
Store cookies in an airtight container, layered between pieces of wax paper or parchment. Or, alternatively, store them on a tray, covered well with a food wrap.
CAN I KEEP COOKIES AT ROOM TEMPERATURE?
Unfrosted cookies keep at room temperature for up to 4 days. Frosted cookies can be at room temperature, covered for up to 2-3 days. After that, refrigerate.
DOES THE FROSTING CRUST?
Yes, frosting crusts a little and stays soft under the thin crust.
- Baking Sheets
- Measuring Spoon, Cups, Mixing Bowls
- Parchment Paper
- 1-inch Ice Cream Scoop
- Gel Food Colors: sky blue, electric pink
- Sprinkles: white nonpareils, silver sprinkles, gold and silver sanding sugar
- Spoon to spread frosting on a cookie
- Small Offset Spatula
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- 2 3/4 cup cake flour (358grams)
- 1/4 cup corn starch (30grams)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt (skip if using salted margarine)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (57grams to 60grams)
- 1/4 cup good quality margarine (57grams to 60 grams)
- 2 tbsp oil, canola
- 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar (227grams)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sour cream (120 ml)
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 tsp Almond Extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (113grams)
- 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar (325grams)
- 2-3 tbsp room temperature milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 tsp Almond Extract
- In a mixing, at medium speed beat room temperature butter (1/4 cup, 57grams-60grams), and margarine (1/4 cup, 57grams to 60grams) until smooth, about 30 seconds to a minute.TIP: Yes, you can use just butter, if that's all you have. It's fine.
- Beat in oil (2 tablespoons), mix well, till well combined and homogeneous. Then add powdered sugar (1 cup and 3/4 cup, 227grams ), beat till smooth, and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Then add room temperature egg (1 whole large egg).Scrape down the bowl, and beat for 30 seconds until smooth and fluffy.
- Then gradually beat in room temperature sour cream (1/2 cup, 120ml).
- And lastly, beat in Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon and 1/2 teaspoon), and Almond Extract (1/4teaspoon).
- Into a separate bowl sift cake flour (2 ¾ cups, 358grams), baking soda (½ teaspoon), baking powder (½ teaspoon), salt ( ¼ teaspoon, omit salt if using salted margarine), and corn starch ( ¼ cup, 30 grams).
- At low speed beat flour into the wet mixture. Beat just till everything is combined. Take a spatula and fold the cookie batter few times, to ensure all is well mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl as well.
- With 1 tablespoon ice cream scoop, drop soft, sticky dough onto a baking sheet or a tray lined with parchment.Cover with a food wrap and chill for about an hour or two, until no longer sticky and slightly firm.
- Shape each piece of chilled batter into a ball and transfer the shaped balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, about 2 inches apart.Take a small piece of parchment and ½ cup measuring cup.Place parchment square on top of the ball, with the back of the measuring cup gently press it down to flatten the ball, to about 5/16-inch (7-8mm) thick. Peel off the parchment piece and repeat on the remaining balls.TIP: Lightly dust a piece of parchment with flour.
- Bake at 350F (180C) for 8-10 minutes. Don’t let the cookies brown too much or they won’t be soft after they cool.
- With a mixer on medium speed beat room temperature unsalted butter (1/2 cup, 113grams) for 30 seconds, until creamy. Then gradually add powdered sugar (2cups and 1/2cups, 325grams) in 2 additions. Beat until creamy and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the bowl a few times in between.
- Beat in Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon) and Almond Extract (1/8 teaspoon).
- Lastly, add room temperature milk (2-3tablespoons) to make buttercream easily spreadable.
- Color Buttercream with gel food colors and use it to frost the cookies. Allow to crust before storing cookies in an airtight container, layered between pieces of wax paper or parchment.
- CAN I USE BUTTER IN PLACE OF MARGARINE?- Yes, absolutely, you can.
- HOW TO STORE COOKIES?- Store cookies in an airtight container or covered well with a food wrap.
- IS IT A CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM- Yes, frosting crusts a little and stays soft under the thin crust.
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