Friday, March 16, 2012

st. patty's day cookies

I checked the freezer.
We were out of ice cream.
And it was an ice cream kinda day.
I eat ice cream most days.
But especially on my bad days.
The tough days.
The cry-till-your-eyes-are-puffy days.
Necessity breeds invention.
And I needed a major soul-nourishing treat.

Realizing that large doses of sugar consumption should be included.

But yesterday I was lazy.
Like....really lazy.

I didn't want to put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
I didn't want to flour a cutting board and roll the dough out.
I didn't care about cutting out shapes.
I just wanted to eat some cookies.
A lot of them.
Now.
Can you tell I'm really big into instant gratification?
Just blame it on my generation.  Generation X, that is.

So here's my solution:
 I whipped up the sugar-cookie dough.
Added in some green food coloring.
I scooped out the dough (about 1 rounded TBL) with my small Pampered Chef scoop.
I plopped it in a dish of sugar.
I proceeded to completely cover the ball of dough in sugar {mmmm...sugar}.
 I then put each sugar-coated ball of dough onto my cookie sheet about 2" apart.
I pressed each ball of dough down so it was flat and about 1/2" thick.
(I used one of my fondant tools, but using the bottom of a drinking glass works just as well!)
I placed them in the oven and baked them for about 9 minutes.
(Your oven may cook differently than mine, so be sure to pop in on them every so often to check and adjust as needed.)
You want them to be **slightly** browned on the bottom.
Transfer to a cooling rack.
 Now you could just eat them this way.
Which would be super lazy easy and just as yummy.
But that little leprechaun bit me.
and I decided it would be nice to go one step further.
 I had some left over icing in the fridge from a birthday cake I just made the other day for a friend.
So I took it out of the fridge when I started making the cookies;
 this way it would be the right consistency when I would eventually need to use it.
I kept it in the plastic zip-loc bag I had originally stored it in,
snipped a small portion off the corner
and used that as my "pastry-bag".

I hand sketched a four-leaf clover
(you could just print off one from your computer's clip-art collection, too)
and cut it out (see picture below).
I used it as a guide to draw a clover onto each cookie.

And, voila!
My sugar therapy fix come to life:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

66° Rainy and wet.





13 comments:

  1. You are amazing! I want to be like you when I grow up...so domesticated!!!

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    1. Who knew that this whole time, I was trying to grow up to be like YOU! You have amazing qualities, gifts, and talents, too!!

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  2. We are twins! I made sugar cookies yesterday too. I cut mine in the shape of little people and frosted them with green frosting and put either green or rainbow sprinkles on top. My own version of the leprauchan:-) David calls them the Martians (I suppose they could work for a space themed party!).

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    1. Linda, you make me laugh OUT LOUD! Thanks for the chuckle. I'll be sure to call you when I have a space-themed-party in the "future".

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  3. Those are adorable particularly considering your mood. Bravo for pulling yourself out of it.

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    1. Thanks! Sugar is always a for-sure pick-me-up for me...so I'll usually "suffer" through the baking process just to get to the eating!! haha!

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  4. New reader here :)
    Those are the cutest cookies ever!! How festive!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! And thanks for calling my cookies cute...they're blushing ;)

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    2. p.s. I do so enjoy new friends!!

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  5. I am SOOOO an ice cream kind of girl too! Every single night right after the kids go to bed mmmmm! But you do what you gotta do in those moments! Thanks so much for linking up to Delightful Homemaking for the Lord!! Most definitely delightful ;0) Hope to see you again!!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! And thanks so much for stopping by (I'm so humbled)! Your blog is such an encouragement to me!!

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