Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review - Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

Since going gluten free nearly a year ago, real baking has kinda, well, not happened in our home.  But for Valentine's Day, I wanted my daughter to experience cut-out cookies.  Even though Mommy and daughter wouldn't eat any, there's always Daddy!

We turned to the pre-made Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough.  At Christmas I saw a sweet TV commercial of a mom and little girl baking cut-out cookies with the Pillsbury Sugar Cookie dough.  Images of simple, quick fun danced in my head as we opened up the plastic roll of dough.

Straight out of the fridge, it was solid and cold.  (My rolling pin is still packed, SOMEwhere, so we had to use plastic cups!)  Quickly, the dough began to thaw, but we got a full pan cut out and into our pre-heated oven.  I put the other half of the dough back into the fridge to harden again.  5 minutes into cook time, we clicked on the oven light to take a quick peek.  Uhm...the cookies were HUGE!  That pan of cookies swelled up, blending into each other.  *sigh*  The cute, pressed Valentine's designs were barely recognizable.

We got the dough back out of the fridge and hoped for better results.  This time, I took pictures!  For pan #2, I used 4 cookies, and on pan #3 only 2.  Maybe this way they'd at least keep their shape.  Nope.

Just in the oven.

5 minutes into baking.

Final product, complete with toddler's icing!
 Well, these aren't exactly beautiful cut-out cookies!  But I don't think Daddy will mind.  Truthfully, we had a blast - so we did get the fun part.  But Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough for cut-out cookies gets a huge "thumbs down" from me.

On a positive note, the dough makes a super yummy cobbler topping if you're in a rush!  Mix your berries or fruit with some sugar and a hint of lemon juice.  Thickly, roll out the cookie dough.  Spread that a'top your berries.  Then, just sprinkle on some coarse sugar and you've got a fast and simple dessert!  Don't forget to bake it at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so.  You may need to cover with foil after the cookie has browned and cook a bit longer, to help your fruit finish softening.  Enjoy!

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