Sunday, August 14, 2011

Happy Independence Day & Iced Sugar Cookies

Happy Pakistan Independence Day!

May Allah bless our nation, may all our dreams come true, may our nation shine bright

Today & always!

Long Live Pakistan!

A sugar cookie is a cookie made from butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder or baking soda. Sugar cookies can be made by hand or rolled and cut into shapes. They can be decorated with Icing, frosting, colored sugar or sprinkles. Easy to make & perfect to decorate!

Made these cookies few days back, just before Ramadan. I used green & white colors for Icing, keeping the colors of Pakistani flag in mind. Just made a small batch, using 1/4th of the original recipe. The dough was little sticky, so chilled at least an hour to firm up the dough & worked with a quarter of the dough at a time. Sorry for my poor Icing skills, but they tastes delicious  :)

Iced Sugar Cookies
Recipe by Jill Saunders at allrecipes

* Prep. Time : 20 minutes
* Cook Time : 8 minutes
* Makes : 24 - 30 cookies, depending on the size & thickness of the cookies

Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
 Method :
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. 
  • Beat in egg and vanilla. 
  • Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. 
  • Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour or overnight ( Make sure to chill the dough as the dough is slightly sticky ).
  • Preheat oven to 400 F / 200 C.
  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface ( or between two sheets of plastic wrap ) until it is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. 
  • Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. 
  • Place cookies 1 inch apart on a paper lined cookie sheet. 
  • If you don't want Icing on the cookies, you can sprinkle colored or sparkling sugar on the unbaked cookies. 
  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven, remove from oven when edges just begin to brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Make sure the cookies have completely cooled before Icing.

For Icing :
From bakingsheet

  • 1 cup Icing / confectioners sugar, divided
  • 2 tbsp. milk, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • Few drops of food coloring
  • Place 1/2 cup of sugar in 2 small bowls. Add milk, vanilla and a few drops of your desired food color to each bowl. 
  • Mix thoroughly with a fork, until smooth and a good consistency: thin for filling in large spaces and thick for making clear lines. Add extra milk if necessary.
  • Scrape each color into a small zip-lock plastic bag.
  • Snip the corner of the bag to ice cookies.
  • Working with 1 cookie at a time, pipe Icing over cookie. 
  • Let stand on a wire rack until set.

Well, there are some great news to share:

Firstly, my Mango Cake Balls recipe was featured on Sweet Tooth Favorites! Thank you so much Alli of Allison ... that was so sweet of you!

Then, a dear friend & a fellow Pakistani blogger Khadija of  surprised me by featuring my Spinach Fritters recipe at her blog. Thank you dear, I really appreciate it. Do check out her creative crafty ideasWant to know more about Pakistan, check out her random posts about Pakistan

shared this great news that my blog is going to be featured at her space on Monday ( as it was the most voted link on A Round Tuit (61) ). Thank you so much Jill, so excited about it. Please visit here, if you want to see it & feel free to leave a comment. A special thank you to my friends who voted for me :)

Roz of  la bella vita featured my Fruit & Cream recipe at Fresh Food Friday this week. So delighted to see that, Thank you so much Roz :)

Lastly, Ayeesha of Taste of Pearl City selected my recipe at Any One Can Cook this week . Thank you so much Ayeesha :)

Once again, thanks to all of you for this encouragement :)


  1. Happy Independence day to every awesome Pakistani..
    Lots of Love!!

  2. Gorgeous looking cooking, icing looks very attractive with green and white colour. Thank you dear for linking it to Any One Can Cook :)

  3. Happy independence day to u too!!! Beautiful, yummy cookies!!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. These cookies look tasty and so cute!!

  5. Happy Independence day..lovely cookies

  6. Green is my favorite color! I love frosted cookies, too. One of my favorite desserts! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  7. Happy (belated)Independence day! Lovely cookies! I would make some animal shapes if if can :)

  8. u rock.... i really wonder yar loog itni achi cooking kaysa kar laita haan... mera to jis din chawal acha baan jaya... uss din hee mari eid ho jati ha :)...

    impressive work ambreen.

  9. Happy Independence day to u too.....wonderful cookies..

  10. Happy Independence Day. Cookies looks beautiful, colourful and yummy. Lovely presentation.

  11. wow ambreen. these are sooo pretty and sooooooo sweet looking . i simply love the green and color combination.
    Happy Independence day. you must be really celebrating with these cookies. have a wonderful day

  12. These cookies look absolutely delicious!
    Thanks for linking up at "Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop"

    From this week's party co-host:

    Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor

  13. Happy Independence day! Those cookies look fantastic! I think you did a great job icing!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  14. Thank you so much dear friends for you sweet & encouraging comments :)

  15. ambreen yar wo aur loog hota haan jin ka sir pa parti ha aur wo sekh laita haan...... I have MashAllah 2 kids... mera too sar pa aa ka baithhh gayi ha phir bhi nahi ayaa :D

    darood shareef par par ka khana banati hoon... :)

    will definatly try to learn from yourblog recipies :)

  16. Yummy cookies...nicely decorated

  17. Cookies looks damn cute and beautiful..

  18. Very pretty cookies!

  19. Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.

  20. Happy independence day. The cookies look so cute.

  21. Happy independence day to you too :) Love the cute art work :D

  22. wow, sooo yummy! Would love it if you came and shared this recipe with us at Tasty Tuesday!

  23. I love the look of these cookies. You did a great job decorating them. Enjoy your country's independence day!

  24. Sugar cookies are the best....these looks so pretty and festive! Happy Independence Day to you darling!


  25. Congratulations for the features dear! Cookies looks tempting and beautiful....

  26. I love iced sugar cookies! Yours look great! :)

  27. Lovely icing cookies looks so cute..

  28. Thank you so much everyone for your sweet comments :)

    Welcome Abby & sugarspiceiced! Thanks for stopping by :)

  29. This is such a labor of love! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  30. Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday this week, Ambreen! I hope you will party again tomorrow!

  31. Thank you for linking up to Tasty Tuesday at Nap-Time Creations. I really hope you can come back and link up again this week!

  32. Congrats Deary.. on all ur accomplishments..

    Cookies look super cute..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

  33. WOW now those are really... what can I say... great looking cookies :o)!

    I love the way you decorated them, lime green is an awesome color Masha-Allah :)

    one remark about celebrating independence days... I don't think there should be any kind of national day celebration in Islam since all of us Muslims in reality belong to one... group or clan... we're all brothers and sisters in Islam :)

    I myself don't really celebrate the Philippine independence day... heck I don't even know when the Indepence Day of Philippine is... because of the fact that Muslims have only two celebrations namely Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr.

    Just some advice from a Muslimah who cares about Allah's Orders being obeyed insha-Allah :)

    would like to get to know you more insha-Allah Ambreen; back in Saudi I've had many Pakistani friends, acquaintances and neighbours.

    anyway Ramadan Mubarak insha-Allah and advance Eid Mubarak, also thank you for the comment on one of my blog entries sister in Islam :)



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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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