Monday, February 6, 2012

Cornstarch Cookies

Yesterday I had the most awesome time with my friends from work. We decided to take a cake decorating class at Michaels. This was our first class to kind of just get the beginning basics for decorating cakes. It was so much fun and we actually learn a lot about cake decorating.

For our first lesson we decorated cookies. Our cookies had to be flat cookies so we could practice making these little stars on them. Before we tried making them on our cookies we practiced making them on a practice board. It actually wasn't too hard. I just wished I had bought some stuff to color my frosting, because they looking a little boring in plain white.

The cookie recipe I chose to make was called Cornstarch cookies. I know the name of the cookie sounds disgusting, but they are like those melt in your mouth cookies you get from the bakery. They are very easy to mix up and they roll out well. You just need a good rolling pin and a round cookie cutter.

Since I only had to bring six cookies to class I decorated the other cookies with a little powered sugar frosting and sprinkles. When you make powdered sugar frosting add a little bit of milk at a time. You want the frosting to be kind of stiff so it won't run off the cookie. A little bit of milk goes a long way, so easy does it on the milk. Make sure the cookies are well cooled before frosting.

Cornstarch Cookies
4 sticks of butter
3 1/2 C flour
1 C cornstarch
1 C powdered sugar
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 325 for 10 minutes.
Cream butter with mixer for 3 minutes.Add ingredients one at a time, mixing well each time.  Sift the flour and add to butter.  Add the cornstarch then the powdered sugar and finally the salt. Once the mixture is combined knead on a floured surface for a few minutes. Then roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut cookies using a round cookie cutter. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a cooling rack before frosting.

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