Friday, August 10, 2012

Children's book inspired colorful sugar cookies

Yes, it's about time to update this one.

I did not grow up with Dr. Seuss, but I love his books and so do our kids. I'm learning all kinds of rhymes and interesting words like " These cookies were inspired by one of our favorite books of Dr. Seuss, "Oh , the Places You'll Go!" One day, my son wanted me to make some so that he can share with his 1st grade teacher who lives in the neighborhood. And he did. He told his teacher "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" is one of his favorite books and he has been enjoying reading books this summer.
For the recipe itself, you can use whatever your favorite sugar cookie recipe. 

But here is my favorite:

Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

Beat powdered sugar and butter in a medium mixing bowl until smooth and creamy. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Mix dry ingredients into creamed butter mixture.

Then you add food coloring to make the colors of wonder.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.

 Roll dough into ropes on a plastic wrap
Put another piece of plastic wrap, roll it and cut in half
 Roll it to make it even in width and thickness
 Roll the dough from the edge
Roll up tight
All the way to the end
 Wrap the rolled dough and put it back in the fridge for another while to firm up the dough. 
Slice into about 1/4 inch thickness. (no photo)
Pace on parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven (375F) for 7-8 minutes.
 Here is another "pattern"
You can experiment the different designs by arranging dough. 
This was my 2nd try with more random placement of dough.
Roll it as shown above, slice it, and bake it
 Which pattern would you like?
 Happy baking!