Rye Cloud Sugar Cookies

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COOKIE WEEK! It’s here!!

I’m going to be honest with you, I’m definitely not a sugar cookie master. I usually don’t even really like them. I love the way they look, actually, and often times find myself in awe of people like Marian. She’s a cookie artist. Chance are, if I walk into a holiday party and there’s a plate of sugar cookies seated right next to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, it’d be an obvious choice for me. Sugar cookies tend to be too sweet and flat-tasting for my liking. They’re sort of there just to look cute. And they do a good job at it—they’re the cutest!

I decided that if I was going to make sugar cookies, they had to taste good. So I swapped out some all-purpose for my beloved rye flour. I added some brown sugar for some depth of flavor and threw in a nice dollop of créme frâiche. I think it adds a nice texture. (Don’t worry, you can substitute sour cream if you’re unable to find créme frâiche at the market. P.S. Trader Joe’s sells it for a pretty inexpensive price.)

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I have some decorating tips on sugar cookies! It’s only because I’ve made these a few times and seriously made a mess of my kitchen. What’s good is that just like pie, you can break these cookies into a few steps, which I think is really helpful.

Tip #1: Make the dough the night before. It really does help if the dough is cold when you roll it out. Also, rolling it out in between two pieces of parchment, means that you don’t add any more flour to the dough, which can result in a drier tasting cookie. PARCHMENT for the win!

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Tip #2: Ok, so icing sugar cookies maybe takes a bit of practice. It helps if you’ve frosted a cupcake or two in your life. Icing sugar cookies is broken up into two steps: there’s the “outlining” and the “flooding.” The recipe you see below makes one batch and then you just thin out half of the batch with a bit of water. The thinner one is your flood icing.

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Tip #3: Outline and flood immediately. This is only if you want one cohesive color per cookie. I just wanted the whole cookie to be white, so right after I outlined the cookie, I filled it with the “flood” icing immediately. No drying!

Tip #4: Use a toothpick or skewer to even out the flood icing.

Tip #5. If they’re not perfect, it’s not that big of a deal. We’re talking about cookies! Also, when they’re all on a plate together, they’ll look great. So just relax if they’re not perfect.

And lastly, I’ll reiterate that I’m not the master queen of sugar cookies. Check out Marian’s tutoritals—they’re really great.

Here’s a list of supplies that I used, in case you want to give these cute little cloud cookies a go. And how cute is the cookie cutter. It makes it so the cookie fits perfectly onto a mug. Perfect for Santa. Did you know he doesn’t exist?!

Supplies:

1. Disposable pastry bags. (I would never in a million years spend 20 minutes cleaning a pastry bag. I always opt for the disposable ones. Cut the bag off the piping tip and move on with your life.)
2. Tips #2 and #3. I used the #2 for the “outlining” and the #3 for the “flooding.”
3. Cloud cookie cutter.

Rye Cloud Sugar Cookies // www.acozykitchen.com

Rye Sugar Cloud Cookies

Print this recipe!

Dry Mix:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rye flour
Pinch salt

Wet Mix:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), room temperature
2 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream
2 tablespoons whole milk
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Royal Icing:
3 large eggs whites
3 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
Pinch salt

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, rye flour and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl (or the bowl from your stand-up mixer), add the room temperature butter, créme fraiche (or sour cream), milk and light brown sugar. Beat until the light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Pour in the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Turn the mixer on low, and in two batches, add the flour mixture; mix until combined. If the dough looks a bit crumbly, not to worry—it’ll come together when we start kneading. Keeping the dough in the bowl, knead the dough with your hands until it forms a big uniform ball. Divide the dough into two mounds; wrap each dough ball in plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the first ball of dough from the refrigerator and place it in the center of a sheet of parchment. Top the dough with a second piece of parchment and using your rolling pin, roll the cookie dough to a 1/4-inch thickness.

4. Flour your cookie cutter so it doesn’t stick and cut the shapes as close to one another as possible (this is so we can avoid re-rolling the scrapsthey never taste as great). Using a flat spatula, carefully transfer the cookie dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 6 to 7 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then carefully transfer the cookies to a cooling rack until room temperature. When the cookies are warm they’re a bit fragile so be gentle!

5. You can dust the cookies with powdered sugar, if you like and serve immediately. If you’re going the icing route, let’s get to it!

6. In a large bowl, add the egg whites. Using the beaters from an hand-mixer or whisk attachment from a stand-up mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy, about 2 minutes. In two batches, add the sifted powdered sugar, until the sugar is incorporated. Turn the mixer to high and beat the mixture until it doubles in volume and the icing looks glossy and stiff, about 5 to 6 minutes.

7. Transfer about 1/4 of the icing to a pastry bag with the #2 tip attachment. Add a teaspoon or two of water to the icing and mix. Transfer the remaining icing to a second pastry bag with a #3 tip attachment. Outline the cookies and immediately fill the cookies, spreading the icing out using a toothpick. Top with sanding sugar, luster pears or any sort of decoration that you’d like. In my case, I allowed the icing to dry completely and then dotted each cloud with polka dots. After the polka dots dried, I brushed gold dust (that I made into a paste by mixing it with a drop of vodka) onto each of the dots. Allow the cookies to dry completely before packaging.

Yields 16 cookies

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda@themoonblushbaker December 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

I think they look pretty prefect for me! Such a unique cookie using rye, I have to try these this season! I think these would be wonderful with some spices too in the cookie dough.

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Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe December 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

We have the same exact opinion about sugar cookies: they’re the cutest, and I love they way they look but…let’s admit it, they are such flat-tasting!
That’s why I’m sooo excited to try out this version! It’s going to be my very first time at attempting to make sugar cookies from scratch, so wish me good luck!

xo, Elisa

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Adrianna Adarme December 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

Yaaaayyy! Good luck.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 9, 2013 at 4:32 am

Looove that those cookies are just hanging out on the side of your mugs, win!

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joanna December 9, 2013 at 5:18 am

this is just TOO DARN CUTE.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks December 9, 2013 at 5:48 am

That blue mug makes me cry. I LOVE your color scheme. And the cookies. Fo’ real.

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christin December 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

stop it. just stop. this is going to be the best freaking week ever!!!!!!!

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Marie @ Little Kitchie December 9, 2013 at 6:58 am

SO CUTE!!!

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jamie @ arugulaholic December 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

I’m a little skeptical about the rye but I have no doubt these are winners.

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Adrianna Adarme December 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

If you don’t like rye, you can always substitute whole wheat flour!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

These came out wonderful! I love how cute they are and how they can just hang on the rim of my mug… now would I be a bad girl if I had 2 – one to dunk and one to look pretty (and to eventually eat)? ;)

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Sini | my blue&white kitchen December 9, 2013 at 8:42 am

I’m really excited about the fact that you added rye flour to the cookie dough. How on earth haven’t I come up with that idea before! Looks so good (and cute)!

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RLT December 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

Flat tasting, shmat tasting. Add lemon or orange zest or almond extract to the dough or frosting to make your cookies more tasty. Add vanilla or other extracts to the frosting… play just like Adrianna did! I’d like a chocolate sugar cookie recipe with peppermint frosting. I can’t stand biting into those little red hot candy thingies.

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dishing up the dirt December 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I’m sold on these cookies purely from the photos. And that mug…Love!

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Bunny SE December 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Swapping out the rye flour for whole wheat just to see what will happen =D This recipe sounds brilliant <3

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Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts December 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

These are so cute!! I don’t think I’d even wanna eat them!

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode December 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm

I’ve never had rye flour in cookies, only cakes – they sound hearty!

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DessertForTwo December 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I have a small bag of rye flour that is just begging to be made into rye sugar cookies! YUM! :)

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Dina December 10, 2013 at 7:11 am

what a cute idea!

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Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate December 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Adding rye flour to these is such a cool idea, I am totally trying it!

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