Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thanksgiving Feast

     With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Liam's school invites all the students and their parents for a Thanksgiving feast, which the kids help prepare the main dish, soup, and the parents sign up to bring side dishes and dessert.  I asked Liam what he wanted to bring and of course, it was dessert.  So we decided to make some sugar cookies.  I found a cute turkey, leaf, and pumpkin cookie cutters to cut our cookies with and some autumn sprinkles to decorate them.  We are using Martha Stewart's recipe for Ideal Sugar Cookies and the Royal Icing.   I've made them many times and they always turn out amazing!


My little pastry chef icing the cookies


Those are beautiful cookies


Gobble Gobble



Enjoying one of his creations


Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 TBsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preparation

Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside.  In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; mix until light and fluffy.  With mixer running, add egg, milk, and vanilla; mix until well combined.  With the mixer on low, slowly add reserved flour mixture.  Mix until just combined.

Transfer dough to work surface.  Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared sheets, leaving an inch between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more.  Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes.  Do not allow to brown.  
Transfer to wire racks to cool. Decorate with royal icing.


Ingredients

1 lb confectioner's sugar
5 TBsp meringue powder
scant 1/2 cup water

Preparation

Beat ingredients in a mixing bowl on low speed until smooth, about 7 minutes.  
If icing is too thick, add more water; if icing is too then beat 2-3 minutes more.

Enjoy!



Liam picked out a special cookie for his teacher,
 Ms. Angie and his favorite teacher helper, Mr. Mark


Liam at his school's Thanksgiving Feast


Enjoying one of his friend's cookies


Liam showing us his Thankful picture...can you guess which one is his?




He didn't want to put his hands or feet in the paint, so he started to draw a
 turkey and came up with this....However, he did write 
what he was thankful for on the back.


Proud of my Big Boy



We had a great time at Liam's Feast and meeting his friends.


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