Pittsburgh Steeler Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

February 2, 2011 | By | COMMENTS

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Before rolling your eyes and thinking “I am not a Pittsburgh Steeler fan” take note that these classic cut-out sugar cookies may be adapted per your allegiances, affiliations or likes. That being said, consider that we are days away from Super Bowl Sunday and the Pittsburgh Steelers are making franchise history with their number of Super Bowl appearances. Now, that’s something to cheer about! …at least if you’re a fan. Making these cookies took little time…decorating them took a bit of patience…but the joy of looking at adorable result while knowing their delicious taste is well worth the effort!
Biggest find of this baking venture: the “diamonds” are actually not diamonds at all, they are hypocycloids – diamonds with inward-curving edges. The inward-curve probably makes icing them a bit easier since perfect lines would make for tedious work. Either way, the icing and design does not have the exact precision of store-bought baked goods, which is what I like most. Happy baking!


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Sugar Cut-Out Cookies
*Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Limited Edition: Prizewinning Recipes
*Yield about 30 cookies
Ingredients
2/3 c unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
1 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 c all-purpose flour
Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill dough about 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough at a time until 1/8 inch think. Cut dough into desired shapes using a cookie cutter or alternative tool. *I used the rim of a glass. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are barely light brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Decorate with Powdered Sugar Icing:
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Powdered Sugar Icing
Ingredients
2 c powdered sugar
2 TBSP milk (adding more by the TBSP until desired texture)
Yellow, red and blue food coloring
3 snack-size clear plastic zip seal bag (or pastry piping bags)
1-3, No. 3 Round Decorating Tip(s)
Preparation
1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and milk. Stir in additional milk, 1 tsp/TBSP at a time, until icing reaches drizzling consistency.
2. Reserve half of the icing for the base white coat. Divide the other half evenly into three small bowls. Using food coloring, dye each subdivided white icing into vibrant yellow, red and blue colors, adding extra drops as needed to reach the desired shade. *I guesstimate using 20-50 drops per color.
3. Spread an even coat of white icing onto each cookie round. Let dry until set, approximately 20-30 minutes.
4. To create the 3-diamond logo design, push decorating tip(s) through the corner of a clear plastic zip seal bag(s). Fill individual bag(s) with colored icing. Working with one color at a time, pipe an inward curving diamond on the cookie at each colors appropriate location; yellow at top center, red at center right and blue at bottom center. Let dry until completely set. I let mine sit overnight just to be sure. Store in airtight container

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