Yesterday I had a list of things to do and one thing was to bake something that would be a good accompaniment for a movie, which ended up being Midnight in Paris. Matt and I do loads together, but sometimes we do things purposely apart, which left me to my own devices. Last night I dreamt of eating a cookie that was really girly, but also really comforting. I love sugar cookies, and didn't want to take the time to let the dough chill for an hour, and then cut out shapes, ect. so alas came this recipe. Making dough balls does take time, but I put on some vintage jazz as the world was coming home from work all tired and worn out, I was having fun in the kitchen.
You can sub the rose petals for any other kind of flower or just use sprinkles. The taste of rose is very subtle - to intensify it add a hint of rose water at the last stage of making the glaze. Here's the recipe that developed from my rosy kitchen last night:
¾ cup of unsalted butter, softened (170 g)
a generous ¾ cup *demerara sugar (187 g)
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Makes approximately 44 cookies
1. Preheat the oven to 400F/200C/180CFan and cream the butter and sugar together. 2. Add the eggs and vanilla until mixed. 3. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt until well blended. 4. With a dessert spoon, scoop out a small spoonful of dough and roll it between your hands to form a ball. 5. Lay the ball on a baking sheet with baking paper and press the ball lightly to flatten it around ½ inch in height. 6. Repeat until all the dough is used. 7. Bake for 8 minutes until cookies reach a nice light golden brown. 9. Remove from tray to cool.
*You can use raw sugar as well or a mixture of ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar and ½ cup (125 g) raw sugar.
Rose Petal Glaze
¼ cup edible rose petals to sprinkle (handful)
1 cup icing sugar (125 g)
2 T milk
1 drop pink food colouring
1. In a bowl combine the icing sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk. Stir until a thick paste forms. 2. Add the second tablespoon of milk and stir until well mixed. 3. Add the drop of food colouring. 4. With a small spoon pour a gentle glaze over the cooled cookies. Followed by a sprinkle of rose petals. 5. Leave to set before serving or storing.