It’s that time of year again, which, if you’re like us, means baked goods for everyone! Here at Bosch, sugar cookies are our top gift choice for the holidays because they’re quick, easy to make in large batches and everyone loves them!
To keep your sugar cookies from getting forgotten in a sea of holiday sweets, follow these eight simple tips for making better sugar cookies.
1.Make sure your butter is not too hard and not too soft
If your butter is too soft, your dough will be too soft and difficult to handle. Set your butter out at room temperature for an hour or less and cut it into small cubes to make beating easier.
2. Measure dry ingredients by weight
Having the correct measurements can make all the difference and measuring by weight is a great tip for all baked goods. We’re big proponents of having a small kitchen scale so you can weigh out dry ingredients, especially flour.
3. Avoid overmixing
Because the cookie dough will continue to be worked while you roll and cut it out, it’s important not to overmix it. Luckily, Bosch’s Cookie Paddle gently folds all your ingredients together quickly and effortlessly without leaving patches of flour sitting at the bottom or around the edges. Bosch stand mixers are great for making large batches without overworking them, which is no easy feat! See for yourself in the video in this blog post.
4. Don’t skip out on refrigerating the dough
Even if you’re tight on time, try to at least put the dough in the refrigerator or even the freezer for a short while to set. If you skip this step, the dough will be sticky, and much more challenging to shape. Or, even better, you can pre-make your dough and freeze it to use later!
5. Roll out the dough in small batches
Again, this will help to avoid overworking dough and will keep it firm enough to deal with. When you’re trying to handle a large ball of dough, if you keep working it it will get too soft and hard to shape.
6. Make a whole batch out of scrap dough and soft/overworked dough
Now that we’ve gotten you all worried about overworking your dough, here’s a solution: If that snowflake just didn’t come out quite like you’d hoped, it’s okay to roll it back into a ball, which you can combine with other duds and the scrap dough from the edges. The main thing is just to avoid mixing hard and soft dough.
7. Take them out of the oven just before they turn golden brown
Contrary to normal cookie baking, you don’t want to wait until your cookies turn golden brown in the oven. If you leave them in the oven too long, they’ll overcook. As the sugar cookies cool, they’ll still have to sit on the hot pan and usually continue to bake a little. To be safe, set your oven timer two to three minutes early so you can check and make sure they don’t over-brown. If the cookies look cooked through, take them out to cool!
8. Find your go-to recipe and perfect it!
Once you find a recipe you love, stick to it and over time, you’ll discover the perfect cooking time, know exactly how many batches to prepare and the number of cookies each batch makes. Basically, you’ll become a sugar cookie pro. Here’s our favorite sugar cookie recipe!
The most important tip of all is to have fun while baking your sugar cookies. Baking together is a beloved family activity and of course, everyone always wants to join in on the decorating! The best gift you can give or receive is time spent together. So enjoy, and happy holiday baking!