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Extermi-BAKE!

August 7, 2013

I’m a gadget girl. I have to hide store purchases in my an extra closet because I ran out of room in the kitchen. Don’t call Hoarders yet. I’ve used everything I purchased at least 5 times. Okay with the exception of my airbrush — okay don’t judge me.

With the creation of 3-D printing it opened up a wormhole of artists creating custom cookie cutters. While goofing on Etsy I discovered WarpZone Prints.

I can easily lose a week’s pay shopping here. Although I bookmarked many items; I settled on the Doctor Who collection and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cookie cutter (naturally).

Take My MONEY!!!
I decided to go with the company’s enclosed recipe than with my standard butter cookie recipe. When I put the first batch in the oven my dad poked his head out from the living room and asked: “Are those cookies for a customer or are you baking for fun?”
Without looking up I replied: “Huh? Oh for fun. I’m trying out some new cookie cutters.”
::15 minutes passed::
Dad: “Are you going to leave the cookies `as is’ or are you planning on sugaring them?”
Me finally getting the hint: “I’ll leave a couple plain for you, Dad.”
The WarpZone-suggested dough recipe is definitely one I will keep for a long time. A culmination of butter, cinnamon, and vanilla, it’s sweet and crispy without being overbearing. They call the recipe the Best Sugar Cookies EVAR and I’ll admit they are pretty darn right.
Best Sugar Cookies EVAR
      • 1 cup butter, softened
      • 1 1/2 cups super-fine sugar (or use granulated sugar and put it in a blender for 30 seconds – this reduces the chance of the dough cracking)
      • 1 egg
      • 1 tsp vanilla
      • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (don’t use fat free)
      • 3 3/4 cups flour
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda (original recipe calls for 1tsp of baking powder as well.  I leave that out – the cookies don’t rise as much as retain more of their shape)
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and Greek yogurt. Blend in dry ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Roll dough to desired thickness (I prefer 1/2 inch).
  4. Cut into shapes. Place cookies on un-greased cookie sheet, lined with either parchment paper or a Silpat.

This recipe yields approximately 20-25 medium cookies.
Bake approximately 16-20 minutes, depending on cookie size.

As for the cookie cutters, I had some problem with the TARDIS cutter. Some of dough stuck in the tiny crevices. Although I let the dough chill in the refrigerator overnight and added more flour as I rolled it out, the humid Philadelphia August air proved to be a challenge.
I had better luck with the Daleks. In fact, they were a major hit with my Doctor Whovian (and those who never heard of the show) co-workers. 
The details of the characters were very apparent with each cookie. I had little fudging with each cutout.
Tasty Little Killing Machines
Don’t take my word for it. Here is a testimonial from my co-worker Britt:
You come across a hoard of these nasty little cyborgs on your co-worker’s desk and the urge to vanquish them is almost instantaneous. As you pluck one from the brown paper mothership, you stare into its challenging black-sugared eye and take note of its yellow icing accented with white dots.

“Your worst enemy. Your nightmare. The scourge of the Time War itself!

“Except these new Daleks are a lot-lot different. You scan them with your trusty sonic screwdriver and it shows that for their newest upgrade they’ve chosen to make themselves out of…baked dough?

“A thought occurs! That you might use the fundamental flaw in their latest design to EAT THEM!

“You start with the Dalek’s head. Naturally, if you want to overcome any Dalek, you go first for the head. You take a bite and realize your mortal enemy’s design is further flawed to your advantage by a soft texture and a sweetness that doesn’t overpower. And perhaps a hint of cinnamon. Conquering the Daleks will be easier than you thought!

“You battle on in bliss, finding it mathematically impossible not to savor the thick icing and textured details. Each bite to victory becomes more satisfying than the last.

“As you finish your foe, you begin to contemplate the impact this new type of Dalek will have on the universe. How easily those who encounter it will forsake their diet/healthy lifestyle/first born for the chance to devour an entire fleet. Upcoming special occasions come to mind; vulnerable dates on the Earth calendar that will give their creator the opportunity to engineer more…

“Ohh, but you’ll be ready…You’ll round up your friends in the Tardis and you’ll stand guard as one. Vigilant on birthdays, holidays, and those random days of the Pastry Prophet’s baking mischief.

Extermi-BAKE!!!
WarpZone Cookie Cutters

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