Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Penguin Sugar Cookies with my Daughter

One of my daughters customers gave her a Penguin cookie cutter for no reason. How nice was that?!?! If you are not a regular reader, my daughter has a Penguin addiction. She loves them. Especially baby ones. I have this thing I do on her facebook. I post a daily penguin picture. It is the little things like that, they remember down the line... at least I hope so. 
Here is today's picture:
The comment I wrote: "If you write a song again after midnight I will bite your head off". My daughter is a singer and song writer. You can see one of her songs here: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150248522857108 The timing is a little bit off, but you will get a feel for what she does. 
 She is working hard, saving up to record her music... and yes it is original. She writes all of her own stuff. So when I say she is working hard... this is what she is working toward. I do however hope she will write her music during the day at some point, instead of when we are trying to sleep. 
Tired and on little sleep...today we are making gluten free Penguin Sugar Cookies.
I have been making sugar cookies for years. This is the first time I am making them gluten free. I adapted this recipe from Betty Crocker. Using  Maninis Multipurpose gluten free flour  We could not tell these cookies were gluten free at all. They were too good.

1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract, and egg. 
Add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar and mix well. 

Roll out cookies by using saran wrap on the counter. Place your dough on top and cover again with saran wrap. Gluten free batter can be hard to work with, but not with saran wrap! 
Roll out the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. 
Cut out your shapes. 
Taylor enjoyed helping cut out the penguins.
Place shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet or stone.
Baking will depend on the size of the shapes you chose. For us it was 9 minutes.
Let cool completely.
 Repeat the process until all the dough is used.

While cookies are cooling make your royal icing. 
I made the royal icing with 
2 cups powdered sugar 
1 egg white
3 tsp water

Whip until it is a light fluffy texture. 
Add your colors decorate!
We ended up with a crowd by the decorating time.
These are my "regulars" =) 
You can find them at my house on any given day waiting for food. 
They helped decorate. We ended up also making trees. 
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