My daughter and I were able to squeeze a little baking in during my sons nap the other day, so we decided to make some fun sugar cookies. After pulling out all of my sprinkles and sanding sugars, I thought of the idea of using my sanding sugars to create an ombre effect on the cookies. They turned out pretty cute, and now I find myself wanting to go up the local baking supply shop to purchase a ton more sugar colors.
To start you obviously need some sugar cookie dough. I have tried several to get that perfect chewy sugar cookie, and by far my favorite go to recipe is this one that I adapted from Alton Brown.
Chewy Sugar Cookies:
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Tsp. Vanilla
3 TBSP Light Corn Syrup
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
2 and 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
Combine all ingredients in order. Cream the butter and sugar together for several minutes before adding the egg and other wet ingredients. Then add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Now that you have your sugar cookie dough, you will need some sanding or better yet coarse colored sugars in a range of shades of your color. Check online on etsy or other online baking shops to get your own if you don't have any. Or you can even try making your own with plain sugar and some food coloring.
Once you have your sugars picked out, you will want to arrange them in lines next to each other on a plate like so.
Now make a ball of cookie dough and flatten it a bit. Then press it into the sugar to get your ombre effect.
Carefully pick it up and put in on your parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake them at 350F for appx. 8-10 minutes or until they are slightly undercooked as they will finish baking as they cool. This is the key to getting that perfect chewy cookie. Once cooled, arrange on your plate, share, and enjoy.