Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Eat your own name?

When I was planning for my son’s birthday I was clear that I wanna bake something special for the kids to take home. I debated on giving them brownies, muffins but somehow I was not getting very convinced on all those. I waned to give them something which is more personal and that is when I thought why not their cookies with their own name?

I have alphabet cookie cutters at home which were begging to be used anyways 😀 And next began the search for what cookies to make, in my mind I was oscillating between sugar cookies, butter cookies and shortbread… and I finally choose the shortbread because I love the shortbread cookies melt in mouth and also that one can easily shape them using cookie cutters

So I turned to my favorite site Joy of Baking for a shortbread recipe and off started the process….

 

The A's ready to be goobled

What I used

 

  • 6 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 cups of butter
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tsps of vanilla
  • 2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 -1 cup of sugar candies for the cookie toppings

How I made it

  • Cream the butter till soft and creamy, if u have a standing mixer this can be done using the creaming blade for a minute or if u are using your hands (I love to cream by hands… its so nice) put the butter on the shelf and move your hands in a round motion on the butter till about 2 minutes
  • Add sugar to it and continue the same process till creamy and fluffy (u can use the normal mixture too but I think the result would wary a little)
  • Put in the vanilla and the flour and mix untill just about incorporated to form a soft dough. Please note that the dough will be very soft.
  • Make a ball, wrap it in a parchment/butter paper and refrigerate it for atleast an hour. I chilled it for about 2 hour and it worked well. This is a very important step here, if u skip this you will not be able to handle the dough at all… it will be too soft to roll or shape.
  • Take out a little amount of the dough, flatten it using a rolling pin or hand on a dusted surface.
  • Sprinkle some sugar candies on top of the rolled out dough and cut using the cookie cutter and place it on a lined cookie sheet, also remember to keep the dough back in the fridge. And try to minimize the reuse… it will be difficult to handle the second time round.

 

cut and ready to go in the oven

 

  • Keep the cookies for chilling for about 15 minutes so that they retain the shape while baking
  • In the meanwhile heat the oven at about 175C
  • Bake the cookies in the center rack for about 8 minutes, allow them to cool and pack it off

 

The final return favours, along with the aprons

The above quantities gave me about 100 alphabet cookies and look at the original recipe which I made three times or simply reduce mine if you to want lesser number of cookies. Also this batter freezes well so you can make and freeze it and just pop it out when u need

I thoroughly enjoyed making this. One baking for kids is so satisfying, a small thing makes them happy and the joy on their face makes up for every hardship that one might have gone through

and two because my little one helped me through and through with this one 😀 right from mixing using the machine… to sprinkle the sugar candies and also cutting the alphabets and the observation he made was mumma this is just like clay but softer 🙂

 

 

mummas little helper

 

The cookies that came out were also very satisfying, very soft… rightly sweetened for kids and that slight crunch that came in mouth with those sugar candies was lovely too… my mil actually told me these are the best cookies she has ever had and such a compliment coming from mother in law ofcourse I am in seventh heaven 😉

Also they were a big big hit with the kids…

And I think everyone knows by now that I am sending them to Artsy Craftsy Edible crafts 😀

And I am also sending this to Bake-Off

 

29 comments on “Eat your own name?

  1. Phoenixritu
    December 16, 2010

    I marvel at the effort you make. Looks yummy!

  2. Swaram
    December 16, 2010

    I loved them 😀
    Aww I luv the li’l helper and wow @ his observation 🙂

  3. Srivalli
    December 16, 2010

    Aw..mons that surely looks wonderful..wish you had send this for Kid’s delight event..holiday special. Would have loved to circulate this! mummies will surely be happy..

    • monikamanchanda
      December 21, 2010

      yeah valli I wanted to post this before 15th to send it there but was so busy just couldnt do it plus I had already sent one cookie recipe so I thought it would be too much 😉

  4. Shruti
    December 16, 2010

    yayyyyyyyyyyy!! When can i drop by Mon??? …. I’m drooling over these n so would my daughter.. shez crazy about everything P.

    • monikamanchanda
      December 21, 2010

      shruti yes we must meet I have to take my prize too remember?

  5. Aathira
    December 16, 2010

    Amazing Monika 🙂 I am sure the kids at Ojas’ party would have been thrilled munching on the alphabets 😀

    • monikamanchanda
      December 21, 2010

      yeah specially the elders one had so much fun reading their names out

  6. Preeti
    December 16, 2010

    Madam Goddess…I bow to thee…. Can I please fall at your feet?

  7. Roopa
    December 16, 2010

    You have loads of patience!! These are amazing, I am sure all the kids loved them

  8. Munchkins Mom
    December 16, 2010

    love this idea…looks like you’ve really taken to joyofbaking.com..you seriously cant go wrong with their recipes..

  9. Shivani
    December 18, 2010

    Lovely! Showed mom the pics and she was mighty impressed with the idea and all the effort you put in 🙂
    PS where did you get this mixer from?

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  11. D
    December 18, 2010

    Wow! That’s awesome! I love the idea of baking cookies as party favours. That must be a lot of hard work. Well done!

  12. d
    December 21, 2010

    i can vouch for these cookies! they were yumm. and my kids get blogged about too!

    ps – i want credit for the original alphabet cookie cutter idea. i don’t blog, so the only place i can get any credit for anything is your blog :-)))

    • monikamanchanda
      December 21, 2010

      yes yes darling D u do get credit for this I will update the post right away 😛 and what do I get in return of giving u so much credit???

      • d
        December 24, 2010

        the only thing i can give you in return right now is a chance to spend christmas with my plumber and mason!!! (coz thats what i am doing 🙂
        and you did’nt update your post – so no christmas with ym mason for you :-)))

  13. The Wizardspost
    December 23, 2010

    Very Innovative, I must say.
    Great Post !

  14. Noodlehead
    December 24, 2010

    Mon, I have quite a few things to say on this one. a) you’re amazing, babe and ojas is one lucky boy b) it’s SO sweet of you to take so much pain to make the little ones happy c) i’m SO stealing your idea for Bonbon’s budday (in April!) d) better still i’ll hound you for return gift ideas in March 😀 e) I hate you because you have a stand mixer f) (i’m scared to ask) are the alphabet cookie cutters available in blore? g) merry christmas and happy hols sweetie!

    • monikamanchanda
      December 28, 2010

      ha ha ha thank u so much for the lovely comment u gals are good for my ego u know 😉

      now to ur ques – pls feel free to call and chat I would be happy to help

      and no those alphabet cutters are from US… actually got someone to bring me a 101 cookie cutter which includes various shapes, alphabets and nos

      merry xmas to u too darling

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