This week we have been making different treats each day. Monday we made a cookie I like to eat each year, but it’s not so fun for the kids to make. The cookies are just balls and half way through I was left alone balling dough. For yesterday’s cookie I had an idea. Why follow the directions and make all the cookies the same shape? They’re not your normal sugar cookie cause we don’t like frosting and I hate the mess of frosting. They’re a simple almond flavored cookie, that we smooshed out (Why use a rolling pin?), used cookie cutters then decorated all with dough! I colored the dough 4 different colors and let the kids have fun, like it was play doh. The only rule was the things had to be flat, no 3-D snowman that will never cook all the way through. I made a bell to show them what to do and the rest was history. 2 hours later they were still at the table having a blast, and my only job was manning the oven.
The cookies don’t take long in the oven if you want them soft. I think we found one of our new traditions. I doubled the recipe so we would have enough of each color to actually have fun. Now I have more cookies than is good for anyone! We don’t know enough people to get rid of them all, so I’m making plates for some neighbors. Maybe this new girl in town will make friends over a plate of cookies. Now that’s one more tradition for our family to do each year. At least it is a tasty tradition!
Here is the recipe so you can enjoy them as well!
1 Cup Sugar
2/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 tsps Vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
3 cups flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1. Beat sugar and butter in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until creamy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extracts. Mix flour and baking powder; stir into butter mixture
2. Divide dough into as many colors you want. Add food coloring and kneed until well mixed. Wrap in plasic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
3. Have fun! Use cookie cutters, or mold into flatish objects as if it were play doh. Decorate with accent colors, whatever!
4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or just intil set and slightly golden. Remove from sheets and cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container.
Makes 32 cookies