Basic Sugar Cookies-September 2010 Daring Baker Challenge

This month's challenge is Basic Sugar Cookies at 'The Daring Kitchen' hosted by 'Mandy' from 'What The Fruitcake' and she asked us to be creative and choose a theme saying what September means to u,I have chosen the summer theme for this challenge.Summer Theme n September are they sounding odd!!yeah may be,but the temperatures are still high here in California,almost 100-103 during the noon,very hot so selected this theme.

See the sun on the back.I made chocolate cookies,as the recipe said I replaced half cup of all purpose flour with coco powder.After selecting this theme I made little paper work to create a view of the beach,sketched it on a paper and then drew them on to a parchment paper,cut the templates and transferred them to the rolled cookie dough and used a paring knife to cut the shapes. The below pic shows the college of my work :)

Here goes the recipe which Mandy shared with us.
Basic Sugar Cookies:

Makes Approximately 36x 10cm / 4" Cookies

200g / 7oz / ½ cup + 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter, at room temperature400g / 14oz / 3 cups + 3 Tbsp All Purpose / Plain Flour200g / 7oz / 1 cup Caster Sugar / Superfine Sugar
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten5ml / 1 tsp Vanilla Extract / Or seeds from 1 vanilla bean

• Cream together the butter, sugar and any flavourings you’re using. Beat until just becoming
creamy in texture.
Tip: Don’t over mix otherwise you’ll incorporate too much air and the cookies will spread during
baking, losing their shape.
• Beat in the egg until well combined, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the sifted flour and mix on low until a non sticky dough forms.
Tip: I don’t have a stand mixer so I find it easier to switch to dough hooks at this stage to avoidflour flying everywhere.
• Knead into a ball and divide into 2 or 3 pieces.
• Roll out each portion between parchment paper to a thickness of about 5mm/1/5 inch (0.2 inch)• Refrigerate for a minimum of 30mins.• Tip: Recipes commonly just wrap the whole ball of dough in clingwrap and then refrigerate it for an
hour or overnight, but by rolling the dough between parchment, this shortens the chilling time and
then it’s also been rolled out while still soft making it easier and quicker.
• Once chilled, peel off parchment and place dough on a lightly floured surface.
• Cut out shapes with cookie cutters or a sharp knife.• Arrange shapes on parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate for another 30mins to an hour.• Tip: It’s very important you chill them again otherwise they’ll spread while baking.
• Re-roll scraps and follow the above process until all scraps are used up.• Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C Fan Assisted) / 350°F / Gas Mark 4.• Bake until golden around the edges, about 8-15mins depending on the size of the cookies.
Tip: Bake same sized cookies together otherwise mixing smaller with larger cookies could result in
some cookies being baked before others are done.

Tip: Rotate baking sheets half way through baking if your oven bakes unevenly.
• Leave to cool on cooling racks.
• Once completely cooled, decorate as desired.
Tip: If wrapped in tinfoil/cling wrap or kept in airtight containers in a cool place, un-decorated
cookies can last up to a month.

I used Wilton's recipe for making Royal Icing.


Confectioner Sugar:1 lb
Meringue Powder:3 tablespoons
Luke Warm Water:5-6 tablespoons

Take a bowl ,add sugar and meringue powder,blend well and the add the Luke warm water and beat on high speed for 7-10 mins.Take it to a airtight container,take small amount and add colors of your choice and decorate the cookies

I had hard time to make this chair but finally my hard work paid off.Here is the clear pic of the chair and umbrella.

I took care in making most things that are at a beach Sandals,bucket and spade for kids,sunscreen lotion,surf boards,summer cooler and Sun.

Sun screen Lotion:

Sandals:Summer Cooler:
Surf Boards:Bucket & Spade:Thanks to Mandy for choosing this recipe,which made me to be creative,though its not too special but I feel happy.


Nitha said...

Lovely cookies..

Jenni said...

Great job! They are all amazing!!!

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Ha ha so so cute.. beautifully done dear.. cute idea too..

Renata said...

You were really creative! Love all the details of your beach, specially the flip-flops. I love that! Job well done!

Jaisy James said...

looks lovely

Priya Suresh said...

Very cute, creative and damn pretty cookies..

Unknown said...

Love this! So creative and fun looking! Is that brown sugar you used to look like sand in your photo? :) Great job on the challenge!

Christina said...

Such a cute cookie theme!

Namratha said...

Creative and nicely done Kavya!

The Betz Family said...

Very cute! I also thought about doing a scene, possibly my garden, but decided it would be too much work. Nice job on the challenge!

The Betz Family said...

Did I already leave a comment? I'm sorry if I did. I got distracted by a message on facebook and now can't remember. Anyway, you did a fabulous job on your cookies! I think your beach scene is great. Nice job on the challenge!

Nadia said...

love your beach chair

Suz said...

Your cookies are great! A brilliant idea & such a fun, creative display. Bravo!

Renuka said...

I love the adirondack beach creative. Your presentation is great and the beach theme makes we want to go on a vacation. Super job. I found your site from the Daring Bakers. It is my first challenge on DB.

Romy said...

Wow, what a great idea for a theme! And your cookies are so colorful and fresh. I love the chair. Well done!

Swathi said...

Awesome job kavya...

Shruthi said...


Nice receipes here, just a request could please include some egg replacements. We dont eat egg, but want to make cookies and cakes..