Monday, 16 March 2015

Sweet Treats: Recipe for Soft Sugar Cookie Bouquet

"A Jelly Belly Recipe for my Mother Hubbard..."


For mothers day this year, I decided to mix two of my mums favourite things - sugar cookies and jelly belly beans - with the typical mothers day gift - flowers. The result was a cute and colourful 'bouquet' of sugar cookie flowers.

This recipe is fairly simple, and the cookies are delicious! The jelly belly's look adorable too. I highly recommend you try it out!

What I Used:
  • 400g/14oz of plain flour & a little extra for rolling
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 220g/8oz unsalted butter
  • 170g/6oz caster sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of Jelly Belly beans. 
  • Coloured icing pens (red, blue, green, yellow)
What I Did:

1.Preheat your oven to 175 degrees celcius/350 degrees faranheit.
2. Sieve your flour and baking soda into a mixing bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, beat your butter and sugar and vanilla extract together until you get a nice fluffy texture. This is tough work if, like me, you're only using a wooden spoon! Alternatively use an electric mixture, and get the same results a lot quicker.
4. Once you're satisfied with the texture of your butter and sugar, add an egg and beat well.
5. Start adding your sieved flower to the butter and sugar and carefully mix in. I say carefully as I went in all enthusiasm and ended up shrouded in a cloud of flour. Fun to clean up!
6. Once you've finished with the flour, don't worry if you think the dough is too dry, it should be a bit crumbly, see mine below:


7. Start to knead the dough with your hands, folding it over and carefully working it until the dough has become a tight ball. You can add another teaspoon of vanilla extract if you want to hurry things on a bit. Be careful with this as the vanilla will alter the flavour of your cookies.


8. Cover your ball of dough in plastic and place in the fridge for approximately an hour. If you want to pop out and do things while waiting this is fine, you can keep your ball of dough in the fridge for up to three days if you need to!
9: Using a rolling pin, roll your dough to about 1-2 cm thick layer. I find it easier to work with small sections of dough at a time, cutting 2-3 cookies per roll.


10: Place in your preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes until the outer edges have turned golden brown. Be careful with this, and keep checking the cookies as they can easily burn!
11. Remove the cookies from the oven and pop them on a cooling rack, or in the fridge to cool down.
12. Once cooled you can start decorating! I used coloured piping pens and jelly bellys. So much fun, and very colourful! 


13: Once you've finished decorating your cookies. Arrange on a plate or serving dish and enjoy! 


2 comments:

  1. Those are really adorable! I am surprised at how much they look like flowers.
    My blog is myrainydayreads15.blogspot.com if you would like to check it out.
    Lishia

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    1. Thank you Alisha. I was really happy at how they turned out, and my mum was thrilled with her edible bouquet! XxX

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