I love sugar cookies, but they are a really simple cookie, and for some reason, I always like to make things slightly more complicated than they have to be. There are very few recipes that I don’t feel the need to tinker with.
and recently, thanks to my friend Mary over at Uncustomary Art (go, read, get inspired, follow!), I’ve been thinking a lot about color.
I’ve always been a black-and-grey kind of person in terms of aesthetic. I like color, but I have the bad habit of letting it fall by the wayside.
Mary, on the other hand, loves color. It’s an enormous part of her life. Mary once had to wear a black dress and she very nearly had an existential crisis over it. That’s how dedicated to color she is. It’s awesome.
A month or so ago, we made a tie-dye cake together, and she left me with the food coloring we used, and since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about more fun, colorful baking projects.
Enter: purple cookies.
They didn’t turn out as purple as I’d hoped. I’d used the same dye to make some purple lavender frosting, which turned out great, but cookie dough is thicker, and I decided to add the color in after I threw in the dry ingredients. I was afraid that the flour would mask the color if I added it into the wet first.
Hence the tie-dye.
In the end, I used the leftover cream cheese frosting from the previous gingerbread cupcakes to top these off, and they turned out really well.
But hopefully I’ll get a little better at using color as I keep trying.