Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fluffy's Brown Sugar Cookies

G'day! We have a guest in our house today and he is Fluffy!

Fluffy is a (toy) wombat. He has been visiting all the kids that are attending my son's kindergarten. To welcome Fluffy, I have baked Fluffy-looking cookies for him...

Wombat Brown Sugar Cookies
Fluffy and Fluffy-looking brown sugar cookies
Hi! I'm Fluffy!
Making this cookies batter is easy!
The raw sugar topping give these cookies nice fluffy-furry look.
These freshly baked cookies smell extremely good...
Fluffy enjoys watching us baking for him and love to join in the fun.
Check out what my 4 year-old boy baked for Fluffy!!! Poo cookies - LOL!
This is what I did to make these cookies look more like Fluffy.
We are happy munching these Fluffy cookies!
... and my son is happy icing his cookies with Fluffy!
After all these baking, Fluffy is feeling tired... Nite nite, Fluffy!
These Fluffy-looking brown sugar cookies smell delicious when they were freshly baked. When these these lightly sugar crusted cookies are completely cooled, they are sweet, buttery and crispy with nice tender crumbs inside. Very nice!!!

I'm feeling relieved...

Feeling relieved that we finally managed to invite Fluffy home and had a good time baking with Fluffy. The past months had been crazy for me as I had to go work on a few weekends.

Feeling relieved that I've completed my second marathon (Melbourne marathon) on 13th Oct 2013 and I have done it within 3 hrs 47 mins 41 seconds. Now, I'm slowly recovering from my post-marathon pains...

Feeling happy and relieved :)

Here is the recipe mostly adapted from the book, Milk and Cookies by Tina Casaceli
(with my notes in blue)

Makes about 24 Fluffy's cookies plus some poo and worms cookies

Cookie dough:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda*
1/8 tsp cream of tartar*
180g unsalted butter, at room temperature
110g light brown sugar
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature

* I like to replace these with a combination of 1/4 tsp baking powder

Fluffy's sugary fur:
2 tbsp raw caster granulated sugar
1/2 tbsp demerara sugar
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Combine the flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

Put the butter in the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the paddle. Begin beating on low speed. Increase the speed to medium and beat for about 3 mins, or until very light and smooth.

Add brown sugar, 1/4 cup at a time. When all of the sugar has been added, beat for 2 mins.

Add egg yolk slowly while beating, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. With the motor running at low speed, add the flour mixture in small batches. Note: If you think that your cookie dough is too dry, you can add 1 tbsp of milk at this stage. I didn't and the dough without any milk still work well for me. While the dough is still streaky, remove the bowl from the mixer and scrape the paddle clean.

Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Scrape dough onto the floured surface. Lightly flour your hands and finish mixing the dough by using a gentle kneading motion, working until the dough is just blended. Do not overwork the dough, you want to be certain that all of the ingredients are just blended together.

Form the dough into a disk and cover tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hr (or up to 3 days), or until firm.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F (or 160
°C fan forced) .

Line two baking sheets with nonstick silicone baking mats or baking paper. Set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and unwrap. Combine the Fluffy's sugary fur in a separated bowl.

Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Place the dough in the center of the floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a piece about 1/4 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter (our wombat cutter), cut out the cookies. Lightly sift
Fluffy's sugary fur combination on one side of the cookies. Place the cookies, about 2 inches apart with their sugary surface facing up, on the prepared baking sheets.

When all of the cookies are formed, place in the oven and bake for about 10 mins, or until crisp and golden brown around the edges.

Remove from the oven and, using a metal spatula, transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.

Make royal icing with enough cocoa powder to form deep brown colour. For these cookies, I used about 1/3 pack of this ready-to-use royal icing and added 1 tsp of Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Add just enough water to get a thick consistency. Decorate the cookies with icing according to the way you like. 

Note: Instead of using my usual royal icing recipe with raw egg white, I prefer to use this ready-to-use royal icing which contains egg white powder, specifically for this bake. I reckon it is safer to consume these cookies without any raw egg ingredient if I want to keep them slightly longer.

Store, airtight, at room temperature for up to a week.

Happy Baking
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  1. Hi Zoe, congratulations on the completion of your marathon! You are truly an inspiration - working mum but still blogs so frequently! Those cookies look really delicious!

  2. Hello! Why so naughty making so many poo poo, hahaha! Looks like the old problem is fixed! Congratulations on your 2nd marathon! I always said that you are one superwoman with super strength! Like your cookies too!

  3. Hi Zoe!
    When I first looked at your post in my sidebar, I thought it said Fluffy Brown Sugar Cookies. I was wondering to myself "how could brown sugar cookies be fluffy?" Silly, silly me:)

    It sure looks like Fluffy's Brown Sugar Cookies brought joy to your son's baking experience and that is simply wonderful! The cookies sound pretty good too:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Zoe...

  4. Hi Zoe , your cookies are gorgeous and your helper is handsome , they are almost to cute to eat , but I was a couple anyway thanks for sharing :)

  5. Aaaw these cookies are so adorable Zoe:) Hehe love the other cookies your son made for Fluffy, that's too cute! Way to go on the marathon, that's a great accimplishment:) Hope it's not as hectic for you this month anymore and thanks for sharing these adorable cookies:)

  6. i nearly squealed when i saw these... shhhhoooo cuteeee!!!

  7. What a cute toy! And such cute cookies! So impressive :)

  8. oh so cute cookies! your son is really hands on, awaiting for him to join Junior Master Chef :)
    congrats for the marathon, you rock!

  9. You're amazing, Zoe ~ congratulations on completing the marathon and for making such cute cookies. This is one recipe I have bookmarked to try out later ^.^

  10. Zoe, good job on that marathon!! Time to drink more water and rest before your next marathon ;) Erm any more Fluffy cookies for me? I bet they are all gone already rite? ;P

  11. Hi Zoe. You work, cook/bake, blog and even participate in marathon. Wow! You are super Mum and truly my inspiration.

    The cookies are really cute. Will make for Christmas. But can't find nice mould...

  12. Congratulations on completion of the Melbourne Marathon and an impressive timing too! That's a cute looking fluffy there and delicious cookies.

  13. Love to hear mother and son having great fun together:) What a patient mother you are! Challenging me to see if I could do the same at some point with my little girl...ah...I'll probably end up letting her do it all by herself..I'm sure she would appreciate your shared recipe. Thanks for sharing:)

  14. Wow Zoe, You're a superwoman! Cute cookies!

  15. Hi Zoe! This is such a fun post and the cookies are so cute! :D

  16. Congratz on completing the marathon! I probably would have seen you but not recognize you. :P (I was working at the event).

  17. Congratulations Zoe!
    And the cookies are really cute!
    Your son is quite the helper! He is really enjoying himself in the kitchen!

  18. Your marathon time is so impressive! Speedy!

  19. Congrats Zoe for the marathon, those cookies are very cute and impressive.

  20. OMG Wombat cookies! I need a wombat cookie next trip to Oz. Gotta put it on my list!
    Fluffy is just too cute, Z. xo

  21. Congrats on the 2nd marathon! That's a big deal. And I love Fluffy! Really nice recipe, and such a fun post. Thanks so much.

  22. hello Zoe, i want a few pieces of the cookies please :) and thumbs up for you to complete the marathon! that's not easy!!

  23. Congrats on completing the marathon. Love your "Fluffy" cookies :)

  24. So cute! (Both Fluffy AND the cookies.) :)

  25. I've never seen a wombat before, I think they are kind of cute, yet scary. Lol. Your cookies came out adorable. Sorry to hear you were having theft trouble with photos, I've had that done and I agree it sucks. Your son is lucky your are making great memories for him.

  26. those cookies are almost too cute to be eaten and they are just fluffy as the stuffed animal. Thanks for sharing the recipe and congrats on completing your second marathon!

  27. Hi Zoe, Congratulation on completed the 2nd full marathon and your result 3:47:41 is impressive!!! Clapping for you - My 小飞女! :)
    Love these cute fluffy cookies too!

  28. Zoe,

    Tis looks good. Is it easy to handle? Makes me wanna make them with my kids too.. They be thrilled to haf cookies, much less it's mould by themselves!

  29. Wow, you ran a marathon!!! Love the cute cookies :)

  30. A marathon, wow such an achievement! Go you! Awwww Fluffy and his cookies are too cute

  31. Hi Zoe,
    Congrats! Hey! You rocks! Love the marathon medal.
    Your little 'R' is so cite with his cute cookies. Fluffy cookies look so cute too.

  32. I love doing fun stuff for my kiddies too. Somehow when the food's cute, it tastes better to them too. :) definitely more fun than plain ole square ones.

  33. Wow! You are one very fit gal indeed! I ran 5 rounds in the stadium and already almost died lol! Great looking fluffy cookies, too cute to eatD

  34. Cute, awfully cute, cookies, kid and wombat! I remember carting one wombat soft toy back during my first trip to australia long long ago :)

  35. Zoe , congrats on completing your 2nd marathon , I bet that was one awesome sweaty business lol Your pastry chef in training sure enjoys himself baking and decorating those cookies . I love the poo-shaped cookie most :D

  36. They look so cute! I never knew you could get a wombat cutter either. Congrats on your marathon too!

  37. LOL, your labelling of the random shaped cookies cracked me up. I think it's great that you let your child experiment with his creativity in the kitchen... I shall remember to do that too when my daughter is old enough. ;)

  38. wow! so so nice and so cute!!! i love it~~~ You are a great mom~~~

  39. an amazing time you did for the marathon! love the gecko and poo cookies the best hehe :p

  40. Hi Zoe,

    The cookies look cute and delicious!
    And, wow. What a great marathon time! I ran my half-marathon earlier this month and I ran it in 2 hr 1 min 48 sec. I can't imagine running a full marathon! Great job!


  41. Hi Zoe,
    your guest Fluffy reminded me of "Wolfie", my girl's guest from school 2 years ago, haha....
    and are a marathon runner, salute salute~ ^^

  42. Zoe, these cookies are so adorable, just like your little son who is a wonderful helper. I can tell he will be a superb baker just like his mommy! Fluffy is so cute and how you included Fluffy, as well!

    As far as for stealing photos...not new! The only time I would allow it if they pin it on pinterest, or use it for their purpose, but they have to link back to me, and not pretend its their property! Sorry that it happened to you. Also, if someone wants to promote another person's blog with photos and all, they should get permission before doing it!
    Congratulations on completing your 2nd. marathon! xo

  43. Zoe, these cookies are so cute! Poo cookies? Hee..hee..your boy is so cheeky! You deserve pampering yourself with the yummy cookies - you have burnt loads of calories in the marathon. Well done!

  44. Such a delicious recipe for cookies, they are so addictive!
    And wow, marathons? Awesome!


  45. Hi Zoe , Congratz on completing the marathon! BRAVO! These cookies are so cute ! YUM! ;)

  46. i dont think he meant to make those poo cookies...naughty mummy ..hehe

  47. OMG. How adorable is that wombat AND those cookies? I love stuffed animals. And cookies. Therefore I loved this post. (Nice medal as well!)

  48. Fluffy is just tooooo cute!!!! Love it

  49. thanks for sharing..i bookmarked recipe..