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  • Cookies for Kids Part One

    filed under: Sugar Cookies on November 26, 2009

    Remember Bridget? She was one of the featured guests on my series Five Sites That Inspire Me. She decided to participate in Drop in and Decorate this year. So of course, I had to tag along and join in the fun!

    Drop in and Decorate is all about community… (from their website)

    Our mission is to build bridges of caring and respect between groups within their own communities. We do that with cookies, and we work to make cookies-for-donation events easy and affordable for any individual or group who would like to decorate and donate cookies to a nonprofit agency serving basic human needs in the own community.

    The charity that I chose to work with is called Nokomis (from their website), and it’s through the Village Family Services in Fargo, ND.

    this program fills a need for families with special needs, both financial and emotional. Nokomis provides a place for all children to thrive and grow

    I was SO excited to be able to make cookies for kids!!

    Cause, see, I sorta love rainbows.

    And kids loved rainbows.

    Its win-win!

     

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    I decided to go with an alphabet theme.

    After I finished then, I got all worried it was not as fun as I hoped.

    Then Colton came in the kitchen and squealed with delight.

    What do you think?

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    I couldn’t resist spelling out LOVE! 🙂

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    Here they are!

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    Here is the recipe I used for the cookies:

    Sugar Cookies

    buttercream sugar cookies

        Ingredients

        • 1 -½ cup Butter (I Use Unsalted)
        • 2 c Sugar
        • 2 whole Eggs
        • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
        • 4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
        • 2 tsp. Almond Extract
        • 4 c All-purpose Flour
        • 1 tsp. Salt
        • 1 tsp. Baking Powder

        Instructions

        1. In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
        2. Add in 2 eggs and 2 egg yolks and mix until combined.
        3. Add in vanilla and almond extract; mix until combined.
        4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Slowly (about a cup at a time) add flour to butter mixture and combine. You can use a mixer or not, just depends on how strong you are.
        5. I usually just mix ingredients until they are combined.
        6. Put dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour. When you are ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees.
        7. Roll dough out, cut out cookies, and bake for 6-8 minutes.

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        I used my famous GLAZE recipe: Sugar Cookie Glaze recipe. This hardens and stacks well (as you can see in the picture below) but does not get rock hard. It also tastes amazing!!!

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        And you know I couldn’t resist making some rainbow cookies.

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        And this is only 10% of the Decorated Sugar Cookies we are making… we have 200 more to go!

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        Comments

        Thanks so much in joining the Drop In & Decorate movement!
        I will have to try some of your ideas at the big Drop In event at RISD on Jan 30th.

        Wow, love those cookies!!! I hope you know, part of the Drop In & Decorate tradition involves stealing other people’s cookie ideas! The sincerest form of flattery, as they say.

        Hi Amanda…I’m a professional pastry chef and I can’t remember the last time I saw such talent. Those cookies are ‘SPECTACULAR”. Thank you from a Drop In & Decorate.

        Your cookies are gorgeous! I help my first Drop In & Decorate earlier this year and it was a lot of fun. I was overwhelmed by the responses from the recipients. It’s amazing how a cookie can brighten someone’s day and make them feel special 🙂

        I want to make these so bad for my little guys preschool class. I have a great cookie cut out recipe but would like to know when you frost them do you do the white and let it sit b4 you do the colored letters? My email is [email protected] Thank you so much!

        These are phenomenal, absolutely gorgeous!

        I think your make some good points. I really think you cover the topic well.

        Hi Amanda. I love your cookies – you are so talented. I was wondering how you did the lettering for the alphabet cookies? How do you get the letters so uniform? Do you pipe the icing on parchment over a template? Just curious is you can let me know.
        Thanks in advance.
        Lorraine Russo-Harty

        Hi Lorraine! I freehand all my cookies. I basically just piped out the letters then fulled them in with icing.
        Be blessed!
        Amanda

        Thanks so much for your comments. Your work is so inspiring!

        Recipe? Our school GSA is having a bake sale and these look awsome!

        So cute! My kids would love them!

        May I please have the recipe? Pretty pretty please…

        Don't Pass on Dessert!