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I love baking cookies and this past weekend baked a ton of them! My little brother got married this weekend and I baked cookies for the reception. As is tradition of a Pittsburgh wedding, all the family members and friends of the bride and groom bake cookies to go on a cookie table at the reception. It is probably my very favorite wedding tradition. What’s better then baking cookies for my family? Baking cookies for a good cause like OXO’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer program.
OXO sent me some of their fabulous tools for making sugar cookies. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and I was happy to use these products to make cookies for OXO’s annual Cookies for Kids’ Cancer Campaign. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer was founded by two OXOnians (OXO employees) who were inspired by their son Liam’s battle with pediatric cancer. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides inspiration, ideas and support for people everywhere to help fight pediatric cancer.
The best thing about this program is that you don’t have to directly donate anything. OXO will do the donating for you. Every time you purchase an OXO product with the label below, OXO will make a donation of 25 cents to support pediatric cancer research, up to $100,000. Look for the specially marked OXO products during the month of September. For a list of all the specialty marked baking tools, click here. For a store locator to find these great OXO baking tools, click here.
Since I was making wedding cookies, I was excited that a heart shaped cookie cutter was part of the 3 piece cookie cutter set. It made the perfect heart shaped cookies for the wedding. I was also able to use the OXO measuring cups and measuring spoons to measure out my ingredients. I baked up the cookies to a light golden brown and removed them from the trays with my Good Cookie Spatula. I love this spatula. It’s the perfect size for cookies. In fact, I like it so much I have 3 of them!
After the cookies cooled, I put the icing on using the bent icing knife which allowed me to get the icing on the cookies and not on my hands. I finished the cookies off with a variety of colored sprinkles. You can use any color you want but I used silver on the pink cookies, gold on the red cookies, and a combination of white, pink, and red on the white cookies. They looked wonderful and were the perfect accent for my cookie trays.
For the cookies:
- 2 1/2 c. flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the icing:
- 3-4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon meringue powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-4 Tablespoons water
- Colored sprinkles
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter until smooth. Gradually add in the sugar and continue mixing on medium until fluffy.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until mixed well.
- Place the mixer on low and add in the flour mixture, mixing until just blended.
- Knead the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc shape. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- On a lightly floured surface roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out 12 heart shapes. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes or until they no longer look wet on top.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely.
- Repeat with remaining dough.
- To make the icing combine the powered sugar, meringue powder, and vanilla in a bowl. Add the water 1 tablespoon at a time until the icing is the consistency you desire.
- Separate into three bowls and leave one white, color one pink, and color another red. Ice the cookies using a bent spatula. Immediately sprinkle on the sprinkles so that they stick.
- Allow the icing to harden for 12 hours before placing in an air tight container.
Cookie recipe adapted from The Way The Cookie Crumbles
I was sent some of the OXO cookie making products but no other compensation was given for this post. All opinions, photos, and ideas are my own.