Womp-womp. (I couldn’t resist.)
So we got these excellent Star Trek cookie cutters for xmas. K has been suggesting that we get some cookie cutters for awhile (probably a couple years), but we never made time to actually do it. Now we have them! No excuses! Except, we didn’t have a rolling pin. So I sought advice from local experts, found out that the french kind was recommended, sucked it up that it wasn’t going to be dishwasher safe (curses!), and bought one. We planned to make cookies on New Year’s Day in order to start the new year off on an awesome foot, but then it turned out that we were lazy and also didn’t have any confectioner’s sugar on hand for frosting, so we waited. But we made them in January, so I say it still counts.
As per usual, K took the driver’s seat with the mixer and I gathered ingredients and did the prep-y stuff and then put things away as we went. When you have a small kitchen like we do, you really have to keep on top of stuff or pretty soon there is no counter space left and everything is covered in ingredient bits.
I did, however, zest the orange! I thought it looked really interesting after it was de-zested. De-peeled? Denuded?
Look at that yummy dough! I refrained from eating much of it, despite how tasty it looked. Apparently I’ll risk salmonella but only a little bit. Then it was into the fridge for cooling and we ended up waiting until the following day to make the actual cookies.
In preparation for rolling out the dough, I scattered flour all over the place. If I remember anything from childhood, it’s that you don’t skimp on flour when rolling out cookie dough.
Someone spent most of her time standing on her hind legs (she is getting really good at this trick!) hoping that she would be tall enough to get something (anything!) from the goings-on. (She was out of luck, but did get some dog treats.)
Again, you can see that K is handling the hard work here while I take photos. These cookie cutters are pretty neat! They have a spring-loaded bit that imprints the top of the cookie with a pattern, and then also help to noodge out the dough onto the cookie sheet.
K was nothing if not efficient with the placement of the cookie cutters.
And we have cookies! We found that if you roll the dough slightly too thin, the pointy bits get slightly burned, but not too badly. We made two kinds of cookie topping: K did straight-up icing, and I did a butter creme frosting. Both turned out well, though K thought his was a bit too runny and I didn’t mix the butter quite enough on mine to make the frosting as smooth as it should technically be. Good thing we saved half the dough for a second batch!
This time I got the butter creme frosting right! I used a different beater attachment on the mixer and I think that helped.
I also went all out on the food coloring this time. The colors are so brilliant it looks kind of toxic. I’m sure K and I have eaten enough candy and other manufactured crap in our lifetimes to give us food dye cancer, though, so why not?
K opted for more icing, which I made this time and managed to get to a better consistency – thicker and less runny. K first tinted it mint green, then somehow managed to turn it purple, and then this lovely color, which he says is either “slice of ham” or “poopstain.”
Remember that episode of ST:TNG where an alien intelligence became obsessed with Counselor Troi, infected the Enterprise with itself, and dressed the ship in a giant version of Troi’s favorite dress? No?
This is my tribute to the ST:TNG duty uniform.
That black/grey color? It was originally supposed to be purple, but apparently I put in too much blue. It works pretty well for sci-fi cookies, though. Now I have eaten WAY too much butter creme frosting and am dreading the inevitable sugar crash. Probably better keep eating more cookies to stave it off, eh?