Hey guys! Today we are going to be talking about how to make these Andrew Yang sugar cookies. I have always been slightly intimidated by sugar cookies. Every time that I make them the frosting is too watery and it slides off and makes a huge mess. They burn in the oven, or they don’t cook enough and then they fall apart after I place the icing on them. Can anyone relate? I am a classically trained chef ( I use that term in the broadest sense of the word) and I have made some pretty advanced stuff in the kitchen, in my opinion, and these sugar cookies still weird me out. Well, I feel like I have made some progress but I still have a ways to go until I am a professional cookie maker. Lol. Or maybe I’ll never get there, who knows!
I chose the Andrew Yang slogan for these sugar cookies because this guy actually makes me excited for the election next year! I cannot believe that time has gone by so fast. I feel like Trump was just elected and I was taking tequila shots in a Mexican food restaurant. All stupid politics aside, I really like what he stands for ( I am a democrat if you were wondering) and I like that he isn’t afraid to be himself in the public eye. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I have heard a politician say one cuss word on stage, anywhere…. Ever. Which is fine, I mean cussing isn’t the best thing in the world and it, of course, isn’t very professional. But Yang cusses on stage to try to connect with people and talk to you like you are meeting him for drinks, and there is something about that I really like. He doesn’t come off as being on this pedestal wearing a $5,000 suit and boasting about how smart he is. He actually wants to change how things are and I think people are starting to listen. He is still the underdog in this race where it seems like a stampede of democrat nominees are sprinting towards the finish line (there are so many candidates this time around that I don’t remember who everyone is, I don’t even recognize half of them) and I wanted to give him a little bit of exposure on my blog because I do think he could be a great option for the presidency.
I wish I didn’t have to say this, but I don’t want this post to get heated and political. This is a post about a COOKIE, let’s remember that. I feel like in this day and age people cannot calmly discuss politics without someone overreacting so please let’s keep this civil. If you don’t like Yang, then don’t click on this post. Simple as that. I could have made a cookie with about a dozen different political symbols on it. If you disagree with me, then that is your right and I respect that! Let’s keep this a fun environment where everyone can learn about the art of sugar cookie decorating 🙂
Anyway, I chose to go with the flooding method of icing my cookies. I decided on a simple white base for the cookie and then to pipe the wording ontop once the initial base had setup. Consistency of the icing is key here since if the icing is too runny it will just run all over your cookie and you will have to completely start over. Not fun at all especially if you are trying to make these for a party or event. The good thing that I found is that practice makes perfect and even just icing these six cookies I could tell I was getting better. I am now determined to get this skill down and ice cookies like a boss for this Christmas. Who is with me??! I think my next post will be some cactus cookies that I saw on Pinterest and are absolutely adorable. What is your opinion of the political situation right now? Do you like icing cookies with the flood method or do you prefer to maybe paint on the frosting with a knife or spatula? Let me know if you are going to give these a try. Also, let me know who your candidate is for the 2020 election and why you chose them!
Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Sheet tray
- cookie cutters of choice
- 1/2 Cup White or Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Butter Softened
- 2 Eggs
- 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Tsp. Salt
- 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla
- 2 Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
- 4 Tbsp. Milk, any kind
- 2 Tbsp. Honey
- 2 Tbsp. Vanilla
- This recipe is super simple and that is why I love it! Begin by pulling out your butter at least an hour before making the dough. Measure all dry ingredients into a separate bowl and set aside. Once your butter is softened, place in mixing bowl with sugars and begin beating until fluffy and aerated. Mix in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix only until combined. Scrape out of bowl and place between two pieces of parchment. Flatten into large disks and allow to chill for 3 to 4 hours before using. Once you are ready to use the cookie dough, layout either a Silpat or dust your countertop with flour. I like to use my Silpat's because it tends to reduce cleanup afterward. Roll your dough to about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness depending on your project. I like to have a thicker cookie when making sugar cookies and when I know I am going to be adding a lot of frosting to the top of the cookie. Preheat your oven to 375 F and prep your sheet trays either with parchment, foil or Silpat. Once your cookies are cut out and placed on the cookie sheets, bake for 7 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheets before decorating.
- You can, of course, adjust this recipe depending on the size of the project that you are doing. This recipe should accommodate icing about 20 cookies. Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl. Measure in honey, vanilla, and milk. Mix until desired consistency. To thin, add more milk. To thicken icing, sift in more powdered sugar.
- Once your cookies and icing are made, your first step is to get organized. Color all of your icing and place in separate piping bags. I find that it is easier to use disposable bags for each different color and consistency of icing. Start by piping a border and letting it dry – about 4-6 hours. Once your border is dry, flood in the rest of the icing to cover the entire cookie. I used a toothpick to smooth out the icing and to ensure that it covered the entire cookie. Flood all of your cookies before moving forward. Allow to dry several hours or overnight.
- Once your base is dry, pipe words on top. Decorate with dots. That is it!
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Have fun baking!