Cakewalk: Dessert Month Bake Fest
With Halloween around the corner, it’s no wonder October is known as Dessert Month. If our teeth were to get any sweeter these days they’d dissolve in water. But how many Tootsie Rolls can a person eat? We have a classier idea for our trickin’ treat: we’re making shoe cookies. Oh yeah.
Imagine – all the pairs you want, with no concern for your closet size. You can make blue shoes, orange shoes, chocolatey brown shoes with silver baubles all over them! So long as you’ve got a crispy, flakey, buttery vanilla cookie to start with, you can dress up your creations in all the colours of the rainbow and you’re guaranteed they’ll taste divine.
The key: the right cookie cutter. You can get one in the shape of a lady’s shoe or even high-tops. Or, make your own into the exact shape of your favourite pair! Then, stock your kitchen with all the decorative accoutrements you can dream of, from sprinkles to coloured sugars to nut clusters and more, so you can add details like a pro. And of course, you’ll need food colouring galore, and small bowls to divide your glaze into a painter’s palette of options. From there, it’s as easy as one, two, oui.
A Blog’s Cute Shoes Cookies
You’ll need, for the cookies:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
And for the glaze:
5 cups icing sugar
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
To make the batter, combine 1 cup butter, sugar and egg in large bowl, and beat until creamy. Add milk and vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. Add flour and baking powder; mix together, scraping bowl often, until you get a smooth mixture.
Divide dough into thirds, and make three balls. Cover each third in cling film, and flatten to 1/2 inch. Refrigerate until firm (for 2 to 3 hours).
Heat over to 400° F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), until it’s between 1/8 and 1/4-inch thick. Now, get out those shoe cookie cutters, and make all the cookies you like. Place them 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely.
Now the glaze: combine powdered sugar, water, butter, agave syrup and vanilla in small bowl. Mix until powdered sugar is moistened. Beat until smooth, adding additional water if necessary, to reach desired glazing consistency. Divide it into as many small bowls as you like, and colour each one with a different tint of food colouring.
Using a small spoon, a mini-spatula, some toothpicks or, if you get fancy, decorating tools like this , get decoratin’, baby! Finish off your works of art with candies and baubles, and now, the hardest part: let the cookies sit until the glaze is hardened (6 hours or overnight).
Now EAT UP!