A few days ago, a friend asked me to bake and decorate sugar cookies for Chinese New year after I posted some pictures on my FB.
If you work with sugar cookies, you would realise that the dough melts easily and it can be difficult and messy to cut out shapes from it. In most recipes, they call for the dough to be placed in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours before you place it in between parchment paper, roll it flat to a certain thickness and then cut out shapes from it. Problem is, if I were to follow the instruction to a tee such as this, it would almost be impossible to cut out a good shape from the dough because it melts so easily.
So, I did it the way I think is better. After the dough has been rested and taken out from the refrigerator, I roll it and then place the dough in the FREEZER for it to firm up before doing the cut-outs. Obviously, the dough is hardened and you will need some strength to cut shapes out from it but at least the shapes maintain.
It’s always helpful to have this dough in the fridge since it can be kept in it for two weeks or up to 2 months in the freezer! After baking, you can decorate them using royal icing or fondant and then give them away as treats!
Each cookie is individually packed which can be tiresome but the end result is so satisfying!
Packed and all set to go! A few more days before CNY. What are you baking?