Kayla has really started loving to get in the kitchen to cook, so anytime we get the chance, we try to make something new together. Since our church was passing out Valentine’s to an entire mall, we decided to make a batch of cookies so that the kids could decorate them.
- 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- assorted food coloring
Directions:1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) .
Over a large bowl, sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, sugar. Cut in butter and blend with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Stir in lightly beaten egg, cream, and vanilla. Blend well. Dough may be chilled, if desired.
On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Sprinkle with sugar; cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, or until delicately brown.
Directions:1.In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Dip cookies, or paint them with a brush.
We had a blast passing everything out at church and putting it all together.We got to use icing and sprinkles — both of them Kayla’s favorite.
After we decorated all the cookies, and got everything bagged up, we headed out into the mall to pass out our goodies.
Each set of kids got to go in the store and present the workers with a bag of cookies and tell them that Jesus loves them and Happy Valentine’s Day.
It was SO much fun. I cannot wait until next year when we do it again.