Shortcut Pie Dough Sugar Cookies

by heidi on December 6, 2012

You may be a mom. Maybe you’re not. But I’m guessing you had a mom, right? I’m a mom. And what’s generally known about moms is that we have to be prepared for unexpected situations.

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From simply carrying extra tissues and ‘gently” reminding to wipe noses, to anticipating and quickly reacting to cars in front of us that abruptly put on their brakes, we throw our protective arm across the chest of our unsuspecting passenger (do you really think it would work?) ensuring our cubs will be protected from foe.

My mom was, and still is, the queen of both of these situations. Just yesterday she reminded me to get my flu shot and update my passport. That’s why I love her. She’s my mom.

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But there are some situations we can’t always prepared for. Those sneak attacks our kids purposely disclose at the tipping hour just to keep us on our toes. To let us know we’re not as all-knowing or as on-top-of-our-game as we think we are.

It usually comes down to our child who comes home and says, “Mom, I need to take this and that and such and such to school. Tomorrow.” And it’s 9 o’clock at night. And I’m not in the mood to take care of this situation. And neither is dad. Nor is the dog. Yep, it happens. And yep, we deal.

Between traveling, finishing up the holiday issue of FoodieCrush (I know! Next week!) and working with several of my amazing clients, I’ve been in and out at home and we haven’t had our weekly grocery shopping date. Bless my husband’s heart.

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So when Smudge came home and let me know she had been assigned to take cookies to school, and we were out of flour AND eggs (what happened to the weekend Costco run? Ugh.) I was in no mood to traipse to the store to buy the stash, let alone spend my night baking cookies. Not that I don’t have some amazing cookie recipes, it was that I simply had no time.

But I did have refrigerator pie dough. And decorative sugar in several holiday colors. And a few tablespoons of butter. And what I discovered to be my secret ingredient: almond extract.

Cheater Pie Dough Cookies from foodiecrush.com

So we decided to conquered this surprise situation, took a shortcut and made Pie Dough Sugar Cookies. They aren’t perfect, but they aren’t supposed to be. All that matters is we had fun baking them and they passed the Smudge taste test. Hot out of the oven she poured herself a glass of milk, stole away to her cardboard refrigerator fort replete with her One Direction fanzines and ate three cookies as she skillfully shooed the dogs away.

And the best part is she declared our cookies delicious, and no one was the wiser.

Shortcut Pie Dough Sugar Cookies

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Shortcut Pie Dough Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 roll refrigerator pie dough
1 tablespoon melted butter
¾ teaspoon almond extract
decorative sugars

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Roll pie dough into a ball and roll out to ¼ thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters and place on the prepared baking sheet. Add almond extract to melted butter and brush dough with butter.
  2. Top generously with decorative sugars and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
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Kathryn December 6, 2012 at 3:08 am

These cookies are so very pretty, so gorgeous and festive with all that sparkling sugar!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 6, 2012 at 5:49 am

Oh my goodness, these are so fun!! Awesome recipe!

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Jess @ Feast with Me December 6, 2012 at 7:01 am

Wow – that must be a mom sort of ingenious idea because I never would have thought to use pie dough like that. I probably would’ve just panicked lol. But these are so cute! Definitely a neat idea for a quick holiday fix :)

P.S. – CANT WAIT FOR THE NEW FOODIECRUSH ISSUE TO COME OUT!!

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

Thank you! And the next issue is soooo close! Watch for it next week!

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kelley December 6, 2012 at 7:09 am

We’re like magicians really. Pulling rabbits out of a hat and beautiful sugar cookies our of our velour robes. Nice work, friend. Smudge needs to come teach my boys her fort making ways!

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 8:13 am

You are a poet and you don’t even know it. I have a refrigerator box with the boys name written all over it as I would love to have it moved out of our entryway and into yours. 8 year old daughter, One Direction CD and black chihuahua included.

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 6, 2012 at 7:26 am

Hellooooooooooooooooo?! Brilliance.

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Katie December 6, 2012 at 7:34 am

Oh my heck. WHAT a good idea!? You need an award, mama.

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

Ha! An award for patience maybe :)

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bridget {bake at 350} December 6, 2012 at 7:42 am

Brilliant!!!

And, WHY do they always do that to us!?!?

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 8:11 am

It’s their way of having power over us! The little gremlins.

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Maria December 6, 2012 at 7:51 am

Love seeing cookies over here:) These are so fun! And if Smudge ever needs extra cookies, you know where you can come:)

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

See, I should have just called you instead of stressing out about it!

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Rachel Cooks December 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

I love you for this!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks December 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

This is my kind of sugar cookie! Love the shortcut!

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Lauren Grier @ (Climbing Grier Mountain) December 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

One of my favorite memories from childhood is baking Christmas sugar cookies with my mother. I loved the ceremony of rolling out the dough, whipping up the sugary frosting, and decorating each cookie with sprinkles. The best memories are made in the kitchen for sure.

P.S. Looking forward to your holiday issue!!

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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

You are the James Bond of cookie baking my friend! These look so cute.

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Holly W December 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’m all for homemade (which I Know you are too), but as moms it’s great to have some tricks up our sleeves for situations like this. Super cute! Looks like you saved the day.

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Karista @Karista's Kitchen December 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

I cannot tell you how many times I have been in that very situation. Great idea Heidi!! But I’d expect nothing less from you :)

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Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer December 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

Wow – aren’t you the clever one! No late night grocery run, super cute and Smudge loved them – win, win, win :)

P.S. Loved meeting you at Mixed :)

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heidi December 6, 2012 at 9:39 am

Yep, avoided it at all costs! It was terrific meeting you. I didn’t tell you, but when I was speaking at Mixed, whenever I felt like people were zoning out I’d look at you and your smile told me someone was. Thank you for that!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

So cool! I will need to remember this for cookie emergency!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

Oh shortcuts are so necessary and amazing sometimes! Saving this one for an emergency situation :)

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Annalise December 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm

What a fun idea! You are so creative!

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Emily December 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

What a truly ingenious idea!

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judithq December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

…sweet story
…….this works for Grandmothers as well.

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Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking December 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

You definitely won the prize for the most creative Mom. Cookies out of pie crust! genius!

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom December 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

OMG, LOVE this!!! What a great idea! Brilliant!! Yeah, I’m sure kids would love these and wouldn’t be able to tell the difference! :)

I can’t wait to flip through the Holiday issue. . looks like I can review it now. . should I wait? As always, beautiful work! love it!

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Gin December 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I think sugar cookies are just a canvas for amazing frosting and toppings. Dough suits this perfectly. Nice save momma!

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Such cute cookies, what a fab idea!

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Jen @ Savory Simple December 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm

beautifully done!

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Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I’m a mom and I feel this way all the time! And my daughter is still too young to have surprise demands…It’s going to be really interesting. I’m either going to have to get more organized, or things will be a lot crazier. I’m willing to bet on the latter.

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Melissa December 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

GREAT shortcut idea. My daughter is allergic to eggs and this recipe is an easy way for her to enjoy holiday baking. Thanks!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Heidi, you are so amazing to take a situation and make the best of it! Who knew that pie dough would work out so well with sugar cookies?! I have one pie crust lingering in the freezer so I may just use that up by making these cute little cookies!

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Azzina December 12, 2012 at 3:46 am

Best way to give the perfect shape. Really liked the technique.

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