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::kitschy kitchen:: Star Wars Sugar Cookies

We go to the mall almost every Wednesday. This week we’ll go today because of the holiday. PTB buys his comics on that day. I get a treat at Starbucks and a chance to browse Williams Sonoma. It’s silly, and really the only thing we manage to do consistently, but we always have fun with our mini-trip.

I really enjoy it when, not only do I manage to drag him into Williams Sonoma with me but, he buys me something! Well, I guess this doesn’t totally count as being exclusively for me. I have never ever managed to even stay awake through an entire Star Wars movie. So yeah. But the part that is for me was the cookie recipe and my first set of cookie cutters. Although, these are more of cookie presses I guess.

I’ve never been let down by the recipes that come with my Williams Sonoma toys and these cookies were no different. The cookie cutters were incredibly easy to use, so if you have a Star Wars fan buy them now before they are gone!! As long as you kept the dough chilled and didn’t let it start to melt while you were cutting, the dough doesn’t get stuck in even the tiniest of details. And since they are presses, it makes every bit of dough turn into the perfect cookie. Just shove the last bits into a mold, press, and perfect cookie!

What You Need
Step One

1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 egg
Step Two
1 cup sugar
Step Three
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Step Four
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt

Seriously. Take your butter and egg out ahead of time. Don’t fake room temp butter. Leaving it out ahead of time DOES make a difference!

In an electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed until creamy. Reduce the speed to medium and slowly add the sugar. Beating for approx. 2 minutes.

Add the egg and vanilla and beat for 1 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl once.

In a small bowl, sift together step four ingredients. Add half the mixture to the wet ingredients and beat on low until no longer dry. Add the remaining flour and continue on low until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.

Turn the dough onto a clean work surface and divide in half. Shape each half into a disc and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days. This is my favorite part because I only make half the cookies at a time. That way, two days later, we have a fresh batch of cookies with very little work!

Once you are ready to make the cookies preheat the oven to 350F and let the dough rest for 5 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4″ thick.

Don’t be afraid to push on the cutters! They will only go so far. For me, the dough would lift up with the cookie cutter and then I would just drop it onto the parchment lined cookies sheet.

Space the cookies on the sheet about 1″ apart. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Let cool on the sheets on racks for 5 minutes and then transfer the cookies to the rack cool completely.

Enjoy your buttery sugary goodness!

You can make royal icing to decorate. Or you can buy the prefect colors from Williams Sonoma for decorating. I think the advantage to the press is not having to decorate them. And really, they don’t need any extra sugar. They are perfect on their own. But then again…I have never been one for icing.

::adventures:: Out of the Office


There won’t be any posts about food today.  I am taking the weekend off from Not Just Take Out.  Who knows what or where I will eat this weekend!  The craziness has begun.  If you know me, than you know that I am also a contributor on My Latest Distraction.  It is an entertainment blog of sorts.  A place for a few people to talk about what they like, what they don’t like, and what just bugs them.  We talk about anything from video games to movies to restaurants, and even comic books.

This weekend is the Philadelphia ComicCon.  We are attending as members of the press!  Normally I would not be crazy about the idea of once again attending an event that was called Wizard World previously.  It was quite lame and definitely not my scene.  I will admit, though, that there is something more intriguing now that it falls under the ComicCon name.  And seriously.  We got in as press.  My standards for where I go drop when the price is FREE.

So, that is the totally nerdy adventure I am off to this weekend.  To help you feel the nerd spirit, and still feel like this was a little bit of a food post, check these out:

We’ll be tweeting from the event, so follow @MLDtweets.  And I am sure the boys will have plenty to blog about after, so check out the website as well.  Me?  I’ll be their official photographer.  And I might interview Adrienne Curry (“Why are you here?”) or Stephen Baldwin (“How’s it feel to be on Gossip Girl?” (he wasn’t) and “Do you think your career would improve if you talked like this?”)