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 Post subject: Re: AARGH - undersalted sugar cookie dough
PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:15 pm 
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Emilie, I would have worried if you put in too much salt. Since I assume this was not a "salted anything" recipe, I doubt anyone will notice. You can also sprinkle a little pink Himalayan sea salt over the icing as a decoration if you want a salty cookie. I am always amazed at how many cookie an cake recipes have no salt listed, especially those from blogs, etc.

I did find that when I started baking again, some of my old and my mom's old recipes were not coming out as I remembered them. Then I realized that now I always use unsalted butter and unbleached flour, but the old ones used salted butter and GM bleached flour. When I switched back I was successful again. I am not sure it was necessarily the complete lack of salt, more likely the moisture difference in the butter.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:00 pm 
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Okay so the verdict is in, and the cookies were totally fine. When I first tasted one (without any icing), for a moment it seemed like it was missing just a hint of salt. But I think it was because that question was already in my head. I proceeded to eat the whole thing (and probably another) and didn't notice it a bit and they were good. The recipe also worked fine without the baking powder, and didn't spread quite as much. I'd say they were a little more dense, but it didn't affect the overall taste. And definitely once they were iced, there was no way you could tell it was missing any salt.

I know I'll never be completely happy with my writing on cookies (I can't draw worth squat).You can see how the bottom of the L is wonky and the ends of the little lines I added to the "F" and "W" aren't smooth. It's really a bear getting icing consistency right for writing. Being a perfectionist doesn't help either. :roll: But fortunately decorated cookies always make people happy regardless!

Thanks again for the feedback!

Emilie


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:36 pm 
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Oh yeah! Like UGH! I could never eat more than a dozen of such mistakes.................. :lol: :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: AARGH - undersalted sugar cookie dough
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:17 pm 
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They look great, no worries.


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 Post subject: Re: AARGH - undersalted sugar cookie dough
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:21 pm 
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I wish I could do it so poorly Emilie (meaning your worst is way better than my best). They are great and I bet they taste even better.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:46 am 
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Those look awesome. Way better than I could do. I have a cupboard full of colored sugar and sprinkles in a pathetic attempt to hide my ineptitude. "Oh," I say "I don't really like icing -- too sweet. (This is a filthy lie.) A light sprinkle of crunchy sugar is nice though."


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:07 pm 
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Gorgeous. I would love to see what you could do with a little practice.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:29 am 
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Thanks for the kind words, all. Being a perfectionist is not a good quality when it comes to stuff like this, so I don't think my writing will ever measure up. Plus it has a lot to do with the icing consistency and you only get really good at that if you make cookies like this a lot of the time. And for me it's just an every month or two hobby. I made some really big cookie "houses" (flat, not like a gingerbread house) as a holiday gift for the instructors and staff where I work out, and I thought I would lose my mind trying to get their names above the door piped acceptably. It was a miracle I didn't wake up DD and DH with the groans and bad words I said when I was working on them at like 2 in the morning. I finally made myself stop being picky on the ones that were the people I didn't really know and just made sure the writing on the ones of my favorite peeps was acceptable. But regardless everyone seemed to love them and cookie duds do make a great breakfast of champions ;).

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