Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DiY Sugar Cookie Painting

We are having so much fun around here crafting for Christmas. I decided to let Keylee get into the action by making cookies and decorating them for our neighbors. I pulled a yummy sugar cookie recipe offline and away we went.

Easy Sugar Cookies (Martha Stewart)
·         2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
·         1/2 teaspoon baking powder
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
·         1 cup granulated sugar
·         1 large egg, room temperature
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.      Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. With machine running, gradually add flour mixture; mix until combined. Shape into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, at least 45 minutes (or up to 3 days).
2.      Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thick. Using a 5-inch-tall bunny-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Space 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps, and cut out. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
3.      Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

We mixed the ingredients per the recipe and stuck them in the fridge to set.
Once we got the dough out I added about 1 tbsp more melted butter because they were too crumbly. We rolled it out and then cut out fun Christmas shapes.

I mixed food coloring and water together and she loved it. She is only 2 but this was a perfect activity for her because she loves to water color paint. Make sure you use new clean brushes. Keylee thought it would be more efficient to use 3 brushes at once which of course turned the coloring brown.

We added a few sprinkles and then stuck them in the oven.  

NOTES: I didn’t roll ours out quite as thin as the recipe calls for because we like soft cookies around here. We also only cooked them for 10 minutes.

Once they came out and cooled we got to enjoy the fruits of our labor before we bagged them up to take to the neighbors.

Merry Christmas…it’s almost here.

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