From the kitchen of Ann Marie Barkwell. These cookies
are a year round favorite. Use cookie cutters to fit the
occasion. Add food coloring to dough if desired. Top
cookies with sugar, sprinkles, cookie frosting, royal icing,
confectioner sugar glaze, shiny icing, melted white
chocolate... There are so many possibilities!
1 c margarine or butter
1 c sugar
After adding the following, keep mixer on low.
This makes a thick dough.
3 1/2 c flour
1 tsp b. soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
Roll a portion of dough on floured surface to 1/4" thick.
I always use plastic wrap below & above dough so it won't
stick. Use cookie cutters as close as possible. Re-rolling
dough too often will result in tough cookies.
Sprinkle with sugar/ sprinkles OR leave plain to frost.
Bake on ungreased sheet @ 375,
time varies depending on size,
but approximately 7 minutes.
Frosting: confectioner sugar & water.
Should be thin enough to spread easily
& thick enough not to run & drip.
Makes 3 dozen large cookies.
Valentine Cookie Votive
Make 4 square cookies. Use a heart cookie cutter
to make a window in each cookie. Fill window with
broken candy canes. Bake. Use frosting to "glue"
the cookies together, like a gingerbread house.
Give cute child frosting, red & pink m & m's, any
red/ pink candy to decorate.
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