Secret Ingredient Sugar Cookies

With the excitement building up inside of my all day yesterday, in anticipation of the newest HP Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, I had to release it prior to the midnight screening through baking. Although I could not come up with an item itself that depicted the movies, these cookies topped with creative frosting techniques sealed the deal.

Unfortunately I discovered that I did not have cream of tartar in my cabinet of baking supplies, and I refused to make another trip to the grocery store. Instead, I read up that in place of the cream of tartar and baking soda, an equal amount of baking powder could be used. Definitely have that! The end result was a light crisp cookie, remnant of shortbread. Although not as soft as I typically enjoy for a cookie, the texture was definitely something to appreciate.

Ingredients:

1 cup salted butter, softened (I used unsalted then added 3/4 tsp salt to the creamed mixture, as noted by the original recipe)

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp cream of tartar 2 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, oil and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, vanilla and dry pudding mix.
  2. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Roll rounded tablespoonfuls into golf balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Press down a little and add sprinkles, or hold off until after frosting.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.

To finish the cookies off in spirit of the new movie release, I frosted them to look like Ron Weasley and Harry Potter! I used a tub of cream cheese frosting and dyed it orange with food coloring for Ron’s hair, had leftover frosting from the Devil’s Food Nutella Cake for Harry’s hair, and then used black and pink gel frosting for the eyes, glasses, and characteristic scar.

And when I got tied of doing that, I just frosting and added sprinkles. Enjoy!

Source: Cookie Madness

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