On Sunday afternoon, 15 of my daughter’s friends and their parents arrived at our home to celebrate. As seems to be the (unfortunate) tradition whenever we are entertaining in the garden the wind was howling, but we managed to secure the gazebo, tie up the bunting and lock down the balloons before everyone arrived at 3pm. The afternoon felt like it flew by in a flurry of activity, but judging by all the emails I received the following day everyone had a good time, and most importantly of all so did the birthday girl.
I have been asked in the past for my favourite sugar cookie recipe, and this is it. This recipe is from Nigella Lawson’s “How to be a Domestic Goddess” and apart from reducing the salt and using my own butter icing recipe this recipe is the same as the original. The dough keeps its shape beautifully during baking, and can be rolled and re-rolled several times. It can also be frozen, and of course – it tastes fantastic! I chose to include sugar cookies on the party menu – shaped as little slices of bread sandwiched together with orange butter icing. Because what would a Paddington party be without his favourite snack, marmalade sandwiches?
Cook’s note – this biscuit dough is extremely versatile. I also decorated small paw shaped cookies with chocolate chips and fondant icing for the party. In the past I have also flavoured the dough with a teaspoon of cinnamon. You can drizzle them with ordinary glacé icing or simply bake and enjoy as is with a dusting of icing sugar to serve. All of these ideas work well!
I also have to give a special mention to the very talented Madelyn from “Once Upon A Birthday” who created the amazing Paddington Bear figurine and marmalade pot that you see on top of the cake. To see more examples of her amazing work please visit her Facebook page by clicking here. Thanks Madelyn!
MARMALADE SANDWICH COOKIES
- 175g unsalted butter, softened
- 200g castor sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 400g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- extra flour for dusting
- icing sugar for dusting (optional)
For the butter icing:
- 140g butter
- 260g icing sugar
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- a few drops of orange gel colouring
- 3 tbsp milk
1.) Cream the butter and castor sugar until pale and soft. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix in.
2.) Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, then add this to the egg mixture. Mix gently until the dough comes together and everything is combined.
3.) Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.