Ramadan is one of the things I always look forward to every year. Not only because of the foods I might prepare, but because of the essence of love and unity around me. For the past couple of days, my mind was and still busy thinking and planning what foods I need to prepare. 😀 I spend time thinking not because I am planning to have this feast at home, but because I need something that can be consumed in a day or two – meaning, just a few servings. You see, when your stomach is empty for long hours, your mind is full of foods you want to eat as if you could eat everything you could think of. Most of the time, I want to eat this or that – all different from the previous days and it is not a good idea to stock the foods for long. I might end up throwing them and I don’t want that to happen.
During Ramadan, I also don’t bake frequently. I love sweets (you know that), but sweets have no enough space in my tummy. I always want to eat something filling like rice, pasta and all carbs I could think of. Most of time, I go for rice. Let’s see if I could for a lighter but filling ones this coming Ramadan. Knowing myself, I doubt it. 😀
Also, during Ramadan, I don’t go out that much except when I want to go to the grocery. The sun is striking hot and I don’t think I will be able to have enough energy to the malls. That is why I already did whatever I wanted to do before Ramadan starts.
I went to the mall. I prepared something for the blog so even if I could not cook or bake a lot, I’d still be able to party with you, but will answer you when I break my fast. 😉
And because I am so excited for Ramadan, I made Ramadan-themed Cut-out Sugar Cookies. ❤
Cut-out Sugar Cookies Recipe
For the Cookies:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ⅜ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 12 tablespoons (170grams/ 6 oz) unsalted butter
- 2 eggs, whisked together
In a large bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix. Add the butter and using a pastry mixer or your clean hands, mix until sandy. Add eggs and mix until combined. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in a cling film and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour. (The dough can be kept in the fridge up to three days.) When ready to bake, grease your cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use your desired cookie cutter to cut the dough. (I used moon and star shapes for this to get Ramadan-themed cookies.)
Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature before putting the sugar icing.
For the Sugar Icing:
- 3 cups icing sugar
- 2 egg whites
Using a handheld mixer or your stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat egg whites until foamy. Add icing sugar and beat until glossy. Ice the sugar cookies, as desired.
You can divide them and add your preferred colors. You can also use the classic white and sprinkle them with colored-sparkling sugar.
I hope you like these cookies. Happy partying and I wish you all a happy weekend!