Recently I was sent a very cute cookie stamp for me to try out in my new kitchen. As I know I already told you all, I love baking. I love it, it's such good stress relief for me, my only issue is I tend to give it away once I'm done. So the new cookie stamp gave me an opportunity to do two things. Firstly I got to use my new Kitchenaid mixer, hurrah! Secondly it gave me the chance to perfect my sugar cookie recipe. I've been trying to get one that avoids a long chill and doesn't make the cookies swell when baked.
The baking began, for those of you who want to try it out here's the recipe:
1 cup butter
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 almond extract
2 tsp baking powder
3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 176 C
Cream butter and sugar till smooth
Beat in extracts and egg
In a different bowl, mix baking powder with flour then add a little at a time to the wet mix
Turn out on counter, divide and section, use flour to stop sticking
Roll out to about 1/4 of an inch, then use cutter to cut out the cookies and place on a baking tray, DO NOT CHILL THEM.
Baking for 6-8 minutes
I found using the cookie stamp was really easy. Just push into the dough, push down the stamp button, it pops up again and lift the cookie off. I especially liked that I could just change the stamp by twisting a different one inside, and how self contained it is. Also it is very handy that it cuts and stamps the cookies in one utensil as I have cookie stampers but they have to be used after the cookies are cut and it tends to flatten them.
I just mixed up a small amount of royal icing and coloured it, then using a little piping nozzle let it flood into the pre stamped cookies. It was actually very quick and simple. I also added a buttercream so I could sandwich the cookies and make them a nice little treat.
In all, very straightforward and easy, I really enjoyed using it. This one would be very good for kids and also for people who want their cookies to look great without a lot of hassle.
My suggestions to the manufacturers would be to bring out some new shapes or even to bring out a range of cutter and stamp shapes. Who wouldn't like a heart cutter with lots of different heart stamps inside!