Engineer by degree, Entrepreneur by profession and researcher by passion.
To me, the most wonderful time of the year is Xmas. The second most wonderful time of the year, to me, is Vday. I heard more than once that one does not need a specific day to celebrate love because love is universal and it should be celebrated everyday but… doesn’t this thesis stand for Xmas and Eids as well? Love should be celebrated everyday.
Respect and gratitude should be celebrated everyday too. Everyday you wake up in good shape and health, you are gifted with a new chance of living. So technically, you are reborn everyday. That is why I eat cake everyday to celebrate my daily birthdays. And that is why I truly and strongly believe that love should be celebrated on Vday and everyday.
My friend Gulsen and I used to always indulge in cookies and milk when we were both living in London. I will always remember the day we bought cakes from Hummingbird bakery and took them to Aubaine near UCL. The waiter didn’t even argue about the fact we had cakes with us while it was not allowed, but he also let us order cold milk, which was not even on Aubaine’s menu. We used to call ourselves “sweet” because… we are what we eat aren’t we?
Girls will always be girls. We love flowers, pearls and edible cakes… and cookies. Yes cookies.
Today we are making sugar cookies. Chewy, sweet and guilt-free. All cookies are guilt free to me anyway.
3 years ago, I made sugar-icing-coated sugar cookies for my very, very special person with an attempt to impress him but he never ended up eating them because he is a very hard working person and a constant, constant traveler. At that time, I was still trying to show off my baking skills to him, sometimes sending pictures of my cakes and pies even when he didn’t ask for them. I am pretty sure one day he will confess to me that my cake pictures are boring but that is quite another subject.
So this very special person is so special because he is not keen on layers of whipped cream or fluffy meringue. He is more into delicate, fine biscuits. He once sent me to a bakery to buy biscuits and pointed out: without cream, please. A bit picky, but very refined and sophisticated. So that is how I came up with the idea of making cookies.
The biscuits themselves are not rocket science.
They require little attention and are very easy to make. The icing and decorating part is a bit more delicate so if you have the patience – and the love – you will definitely succeed them.
+ 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup softened butter
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
The sugar icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or other flavoring extract 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of milk
Food coloring, depending on your taste
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C.
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in egg and vanilla.
Blend in the dry ingredients gradually.
On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
Cut with floured heart-shaped, lipstick shaped or letter shaped cookie cutters.
Bake for up to 15min, or until edges are slightly browned, then let cool for 5min.
Move the biscuits from the cookie sheet to a cooling rack then let cool completely.
When your cookies are completely cooled, arrange them all over a parchment paper. You might find it helpful to leave a small workspace clear in front of you where you can move each cookie as you’re working on it.
Prepare the sugar icing by mixing together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. You can repeat this process as many times as you want, depending on how many colors you would like to use. Repeat the process for each and every color. The icing should be quite thick, and if you drizzle a little from your spoon, the ribbon should hold for a few seconds before melting back into the icing.
In order to decorate your cookies, you can use a squeeze bottle or any baking equipment that allows you to draw on your cookies. You can find these easily at any bakery equipment store.
Draw the borders, the flowers, the cute words or just let your imagination guide you. You can play with colors and shapes and drawings as much as you want. You can also play mix and match with food colorings in order to create popping funny colors. It is all up to you. Of course, the more delicately you do it the better.
Allow the cookies to dry. This can take up to 24hours, depending on the thickness of your icing.
Place in cookie jars or in customized boxes.. and enjoy!