Archive for October, 2016
The ugly antics taking place during the U.S. presidential election probably will not get any better, but maybe a sugar cookie in shapes of the two major parties will lighten up your chatter at home and in the office.
I found my Democratic donkey and Republican elephant cookie cutters in the gift shop at the Harry S. Truman “Little White House Museum” during a visit to Key West in February. The residence was initially a naval station command headquarters during the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946 it first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Unfortunately, it appears a private developer garnered the rights to the shorefront property in front of the home so when you visit, you see a hotel campus and no view of the ocean that Truman once had.
The cutters came with this sugar cookie recipe which I have used a few times. It is easy and makes a good, sturdy sugar cookie. You can substitute almond flavor for the vanilla if you prefer. The elephant trunk is especially susceptible to breaking. I usually freeze them in containers once they are cooled and I frost them while they are still frozen. This sets up the frosting more quickly and makes them less likely to break.
I am not an expert decorator and had trouble getting a pure red and blue frosting that tasted decent. My photo is from divaentertains.com.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
Mix until all ingredients are well blended
Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4″ thick and cut into shapes
Transfer cookies onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone liners
Bake about 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with a royal icing or buttercaream icing.
Tips on icing these shapes from another blogger.
Here is a history on the party symbols.