Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cutout Cookies

If you have young children, there will be an occasion where you will need to make cut-out cookies. My 2 1/2 year old grandson has been studying the stars in playschool. In the next class, every child will attend in their pyjamasa, with a flashlight, and their going to view a star show (via projector) in the classroom. So I thought I'd pull out my recipe for cut out cookies and make some starcookies for him to take.

This has got to be one of the best recipes I've found because the cookies are slightly chewy and don't break in the plate or storage container.

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla or almond extract
2 to 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted decorations such as candies, raisins or colored sugar crystals

In a medium bowl, beat together butter or margarine, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, beating until blended. Divide dough into 2 equal portions. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour or longer. Prior to baking, allow dough to stand at room temperature until soft enough to roll easily.

To bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. With lightly floured cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes.

Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden. Remove cookies from baking sheets; cool on racks. DEcorate as desired. Let stand until set. Makes about 48 2 1/2 inch cookies.

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