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Monday, December 5, 2011

Decorate Cookies with Your Kids

Monday, December 5, 2011
Growing up one of my fondest memories from the Holidays was the night that my brothers and I would get to decorate cookies with Mom. Now we never had to bake them but we sure got to decorate them and of course eat them.

This may be a tradition that you want to start with your children this Holiday Season. Below are some recipes for cookies but first I wanted to talk about what you may need to decorate them. I would recommend buying a small tub of icing and then some smaller decorating tubes of colored icing. You can also get small candy to use. The type of candy will depend on the kids, just get what they like.

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients
  • 6 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup shortening, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Sift together the dry ingredients
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the shortening, molasses, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Gradually stir in dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed
  4. Divide dough into 3 equal pieces. Pat down until about 1/2 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Roll out dough onto lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. When done transfer to wire rack to cool.
Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Additional sugar
Directions
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and gradually add to creamed mixture.
  4. Shape into 1 inch balls.
  5. Roll in sugar and place on greased baking sheet; flatten with glass
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes
Blessed Be and Happy Baking!


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