Saturday, January 8, 2011

Picasso Cookies - A Creative Palate

Phyllis painted these artistic cookies a la Pablo Picasso or Jean Miro for a baby shower! We think that she has put the creative talent she perfected while at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to good use. These cookies are gorgeous and delicious!

Since we find ourselves focusing on cookies lately we thought that it would be fun to share a Master Cookie Recipe once again, so that you can all deliciously express yourselves.

Master Cookie Recipe

2 cups butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 large eggs

6 1/2 cups flour

1 tblsp. cream of tartar

2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 cup whole milk

Cream the butter and sugars together until creamy and fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time.

Sift the dry ingredients together. Add to the creamed mixture in two parts alternating with the milk. Mix thoroughly.

Bake as needed on a greased baking sheet in a 375 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about 8 cups of dough.

Here are some cookie variations to try, but don't be afraid to create some of your own!

Chocolate Cookies

knead 1 tblsp. cocoa and 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and bake.

Ginger Cookies

Stir 1 tblsp. dark molasses and 1/4 tsp. ginger into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and bake.

Coconut Cookies

Knead 1 cup flaked coconut and 1/4 tsp. almond extract into 1 cup cookie dough. Shape into 24 round balls and then press flat on greased cookie sheet. Bake.


veggietestkitchen said...

These cookies look great. It's interesting that the FIT knowledge has come in handy with the cooking. I think it's true though, all creative arts kind of meld into one another. Creative people are usually so all around. It's wonderful to witness and to share!

Confectionary Designs said...

Wonderful looking cookies - love the color and designs. Sounds like some great flavor combinations I would not have tried until I read your post. Thanks for sharing.

briarrose said...

What lovely cookies. The decorating is just beautiful

Mina @ Angellove's Cooking said...

These cookies are so cute!!! I love the color, they are perfectly decorated!!!

Anonymous said...

they look so great! very artistic of you :)

The Housewife Diary said...

These cookies are beautiful! Love the colors and amazing photo!

gigabiting said...

And is there a master icing recipe?

Baker Babes Bakery said...

We don't know of a master icing recipe, but hopefully some of our blog followers will be able to help with that.

shannon said...

Love the Picasso Cookies!! Congrats on being chosen for Foodbuzz Top 9!!!

Cristina said...

These are works of art...they turned out beautiful and all deliciously unique. Congrats on a well deserved Top 9! ;)

BakingWithoutaBox said...

What a wonderful use of that arts education! I think they're gorgeous. And please if you get that Master Icing recipe, please share. Also is that green food dye or is it Matcha? Ya never know these days. Either way, I love them!

Baker Babes Bakery said...

Its food coloring which Phyllis blends to achieve the desired tint.

Baker Babes Bakery said...

The icing is egg white and confectioners sugar!

Cakewhiz said...

Very pretty. That shade of green and brown piping makes those cookies look irresistible!

Rose Gold said...

Those are looking perfect. I guess I should try this for my kids party on Saturday. Thanks for sharing.

Melanie Schoenhut said...

This is so good. I love the icing of this one. It is very simple and it is truly perfect for a simple recipe of a cookie. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy Pieroz said...

Wow these look tasty and fun. What a fantastic idea! Thank you :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills