Jun 2, 2010
Lessons from Martha #3
This is one of those lessons that I was like, "you have got to be kidding me-all these years and I never knew this!!!!" This likely is not news to many of you but I will share just in case I am not the last person on earth to know. In this particular episode Martha had a guest, Dani Fiore (a cookie making queen) on to demonstrate her stained glass sugar cookies. Martha asked what sugar cookie recipe she used and Dani said her basic sugar cookie only (and here is the light bulb moment) she left out the baking powder so they wouldn't rise and lose their shape. Are you kidding me???? All these years of making sugar cookies that grow as they bake and end up looking like blobs instead of the cute cutouts and all I had to do was leave out the baking powder???? I had no idea. So I tried it immediately with my normal sugar cookie recipe and they turned out good but they still grew a bit. So I tried again using her recipe and they were fantastic. They didn't rise, they held their shape and they tasted great. I even tried the whole stained glass thing which was cool but a lot of work. So next time I would just use the recipe and adjust my baking time and leave it at that. I know, not exactly life changing but for sure sugar cookie changing for me. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks once again Martha.