Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day Cookies

This is not an easy way to make cookies, but it is fun! It became more of an extended art project which JJ enjoyed being able to participate in. Disclaimer: I don't like cookies and I don't eat them, so I don't know if these are even good cookies. They certainly aren't healthy. But they are the cookie base my mum used when she baked. She would always add something to them, chocolate chips, nuts, raisins.

 Here is the recipe
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 /4 cups of self raising flour
  • Vanilla
  • Zip lock bags
  • Food coloring
Soften butter by leaving it out of the fridge for 30 minutes or nuke it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Be careful you don't want it to melt, just to soften a little.
Add sugar to the butter and cream it but smushing it together with a spoon.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
You can then roll out and cut into shapes, or use the spooning method to make cookies.
Bake for 15 minutes in a 325 degree oven.

We did something a little different with our cookie mix.
We separated the cookie mix and put it into 3 ziplock bags. I added drops of coloring, closed the bags tightly and blended the cookie dough and colors together.
This is where JJ got to have his fun. We squished and squeezed. Flattened it out, hammered on it and even drew hearts into the bagged mix.

Once the colors were mixed to our liking we I cut a hole in the bottom corner of the bag and squeezed the mixure out. Rolled it into a ball and put in the fridge while JJ took his nap.

When JJ woke from his nap we rolled out the dough into 3 rectangular shapes. They don't have to be perfect. Then I lay the three rectangles ontop of each other and rolled them up so that they formed a log. I put this back in the fridge for 30mins so that the dough could harden before cutting it.

Once hardened I sliced the dough into 1/2 inch thick slices. Then we lay them on a cookie sheet to bake. We also rolled out some dough and cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. 

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