This summer has been scorching hot. If you find yourself too busy to head down to the beach, try baking some beachy summertime themed sugar cookies instead! Tip: If you have different shaped cookie cutters, be sure to use them and incorporate them into your summery treats.
Ingredients (For Cookies):
1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
Cookie cutters (optional)
Ingredients (For Icing):
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp meringue powder
3 tbsp water
Assorted food colours
Directions For Sugar Cookies:
Preheat your oven to 350°F.
With either an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the butter and sugar and mix for two minutes until light and fluffy.
Scrape the sides and add your egg and vanilla. Finally, add the flour and baking powder.
Keep mixing until all ingredients are well mixed into the dough. The dough may have a dry appearance but still continue to mix. You may add water if you find it becoming too dry in texture. The texture should be that of Play-Doh.
Roll out sugar cookie dough to 1/4″ (0.6 cm) onto a lightly floured surface or cooking board. If using cookie cutters, begin to cut out the desired shapes of your dough.
Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown.
In a bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water until blended. Scrape side of bowl with rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium―beat until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Icing should be stiff enough to hold its shape when piped. Thin with more water, if needed.
Tint icing with food colouring as desired―keep surface covered with plastic wrap to prevent drying out.
Making Your Summertime Themed Sugar Cookies:
Once your cookies are done baking, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them if desired. Then using your icing, you can let your creativity run wild and create anything you wish. This can include a beach, flip-flops, sunglasses, pineapples―literally anything you can think of!
Enjoy! Be sure to stay cool out there in this heat. XOXO
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Not my usual type of post. But about three years ago I tried chocolate cheesecake balls for the first time, and I fell absolutely in love. Just like sugar cookies, it’s hard to only eat one. This one has salt involved for those of you with sweet and salty taste buds. Here’s a recipe that’s both easy and delicious.
SALTED CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE BALLS
8 ounces cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar
5 ounces milk chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce of sea salt for chocolate cheesecake ball topping
Using a mixer, slowly add powdered sugar to cream cheese mixing well after each addition.
Add melted chocolate and vanilla and mix until smooth.
Chill several hours.
Shape into one inch balls.
Roll in coatings.
Top each ball delicately with sea salt.
Chill, covered until ready to serve.
Makes approximately 45-50 balls.
Give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it!
TIPS: If you don’t want a sweet and salty combination, just don’t add the sea salt toppings. For a richer taste, use dark chocolate (or 70% cocoa) for a bitter-sweet taste instead of the milk chocolate. And because they’re made of cream cheese, you will need to refrigerate until served.