2/14/12

No Eggs Sugar Cookies Recipe

My new daycare girl has an allergy to nuts and eggs, so I'm embarking on a new challenge in food preparation. Our Valentine's Day party was today and one of the standard holiday party activities we always do is decorate cookies. I usually just buy cookies, frosting, candies and sprinkles. Reading over the cookie ingredients, I realized she can't have store-bought cookies. I found a recipe at Cooks.com for sugar cookies without eggs.
I needed only five ingredients for the recipe: 1 lb. butter, 2 c. sugar, 3 c. flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, and 1 tsp. salt. The first step is to cream together the butter and the sugar. I cut up the butter sticks into pieces, but I should have waited for the butter to soften. I ended up putting the bowl of butter and sugar in the microwave for 30 seconds to soften the butter because my cheap little hand mixer just couldn't cut through the butter chunks. Lesson learned. Creamy, buttery sugar success.
The next step is to sift together the remaining dry ingredients (flour, baking soda and salt) in a separate bowl. I managed to do that easily with just a fork. Then I poured the dry ingredients into the bowl with the butter and sugar. It's a really thick mixture and I nearly burned out my hand mixer while dreaming of one of those fancy stand mixers. I also ended up throwing batter all over the counter but no one said baking wasn't messy.
The recipe called for rolling the batter into small balls, but I wanted bigger cookies so I rolled them into big balls, then flattened them with my hand, instead of with the fork as suggested in the recipe. I placed them on two ungreased cookie sheets and tossed them into the preheated 350 degree oven. I also did not sprinkle them with extra sugar topping.
It's been a while since I've made cookies so I guess I forgot that cookies swell up when you bake them. I was reminded when my cookies became a huge rectangle of dough. Had I followed the directions on making smaller cookies, it might have worked out better. Instead of the 8-10 minutes it was supposed to take, I had to bake them for about 25 minutes. Lucky for me, I didn't burn them.
I took them off the bigger cookie sheet and was kind of amused at their square shape, but they just didn't look right to me. There had to be a solution. I have cookie cutters but they've been in my daycare playdough box for years and it just didn't seem like a good idea to use them.
The smaller pan ended up with even stranger shaped cookies, so I grabbed a big plastic cup to see if I could trim off the edges. It was too big and didn't work right.
I grabbed a drinking glass and discovered it was the perfect cookie cutter for my oddly shaped sugar cookies. I cut them into circles quickly and easily, and my three guys ate the edges so nothing went to waste.  I tried one of the trimmed off cookie edges and was really surprised at how good they taste.
I was really happy to be able to provide sugar cookies that were safe for my new little daycare girl. She was so cute when she smiled at me and said, "Lisa, I like cookie!" Cookie success, in spite of my crazy ideas! A little bit of frosting with red and pink sprinkles make this the perfect Valentine's Day treat for anyone. Maybe next time I make them, I'll try making them a bit smaller.

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5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this. I have a son with nut and egg allergies. I look forward to seeing what other recipes you adapt!

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  2. YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!! LOOKS GOOD!!!

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  3. I use a recipe very similar to this one. I refrigerate the dough for a couple of hours before cutting. I also try to roll them thinner than you would a regular sugar cookie recipe. I made them yesterday for Valentines. They are always a hit! :)

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  4. YOu didnt mention the temperature

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