Thursday, May 9, 2013

play dough + pretend = perfect cookies every time!

Now that Carson's kitchen is finished and broken in, we're cooking up all sorts of tasty treats!  He really loves "baking" with play dough.  It's the perfect medium for rolling into cookies, cupcakes, hotdogs, you name it - we bake it!

Last weekend Jeff and I figured it would be fun to make a little kitchen magic so...

Carson put some play dough cookies in his oven right before nap time...

and when he woke up, there was a tasty sugar cookie all baked up in there!


These cookies really are crazy delicious!
The recipe comes from a little Hot Spot called SWIG out in St. George, Utah.  One of my co-workers sent me this adapted recipe, knowing that I love to bake.  She claims that they are the BEST sugar cookie out there, and I just might agree. 

Recipe for SWIG sugar cookies (or something similar)


1 cup butter (room temperature)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons water
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream together butter, oil, both sugars, water, and eggs.
  3. Combine baking soda, cream of tartar, salt and flour.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture.
  5. Mix until everything is combined.  The dough should be on the crumbly side, NOT sticky.
  6. Place golf ball sized balls on your cookie sheet (I always use a silpat).
  7. Now, here's the fun part that makes these unique.  Grab a glass and a little bowl of sugar, dip the bottom of the glass into the sugar.  You're going to use this to flatten the cookies. 
  8. Firmly press each dough ball (see the pic above).
  9. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  They should be only very slightly brown on the edges.  

Greek yogurt frosting

1/2 cup butter (room temp)
3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup + powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
a splash of milk
food coloring (if desired - I used blue to match the play dough)

(this is definitely not an exact science)

1. Cream together butter, yogurt and salt.
2. Slowly add powdered sugar.
3. As it thickens, add a splash or two of milk.
4. Keep adding sugar and milk until it tastes just right.
5. Add food coloring and whip on until perfectly creamy!

Now frost those cookies and enjoy!  They certainly taste a lot better than the play dough version!

But, if you're looking to make both, I'll post the recipe for homemade play dough soon.  It's super easy and it uses the same ingredients as these cookies!

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