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!


Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
23 mins

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 - Ā½ cup Butter I Use Unsalted
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 whole Eggs Yolks
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  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.



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?




I couldn’t resist spelling out LOVE! 🙂


Here they are!


Here is the recipe I used for the cookies:


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!!!





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



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

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  • Liz says:

    WOW, Amanda! They look amazing! All I can think about, though, is how much work they look like! Props to YOU- big time!

  • Liz says:

    Oh, and I think this is a wonderful cause!! Worth the hard work!

  • Jessica says:

    Another gorgeous cookie! 🙂

  • Alexis says:

    These look so great! I’m still working on my nerve to try this out. It just can’t be that hard. You make it look so easy!!!
    For some reason, I’m not getting updates from this blog in my blogroll. Any idea why that is? Yours is the only typepad blog I follow, and I get your other blog updates, just not this one.
    And it makes me sad. 🙁 I hate coming over to visit and seeing how much I’ve missed for the past few days. I love this blog!!!

  • darcie says:

    Again – you AMAZE me! These cookies are AWESOME! How DO you get those letters so perfect?
    I am sooo impressed!
    And what a great cause!

  • Amanda Rettke says:

    I am so sorry Alexia… I am not sure why you cant get reminders when this blog updates. I am going to try and have to install some type of system that will do that… so sorry sweety!

  • ElizaBeth says:

    BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful way to use your talents!

  • Mary says:

    The letters are beautiful!

  • Kate says:

    I was SO excited to see more cookies. They look fantastic, Amanda 🙂

  • Kristin Smith says:

    Wow…200 more to go?? You are amazing. How long seriously will that take you and how long do the cookies stay edible??
    Oh and I think that I have to try the christmas cake…absolutely lovely! 🙂
    Blessings, Kristin

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    very cute cookies! I am sure they will appreciate this!

  • Amanda Sikes says:

    Once again, cute as can be! I love the “stiching” around the edges. It just makes the cookies!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    OH! They are SO gorgeous!!! I love the letters in the bright colors and the stitching! Darling!!!
    Alexis mentioned this, but I can’t get your blog to come up in my google reader, either. ;( I’m not sure why. I NEED it to be in my google reader because I NEED to see all of your darling creations every day!!!

  • Gala says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Mama M. says:

    Oh. My. Gosh…your cookies take my breath away! Seriously, I LOVE ’em!! You are amazing, my dear…simply amazing!

  • janis says:

    They are gorgeous! Your cookies were a huge hit here! :)Thanks again! 🙂

  • hyk says:

    wow so pretty!
    what kind of icing did you use? and how did you get such straight lines for that stunningly GORGEOUS rainbow cookie??

  • jami says:

    The letters are beautiful! You are good with a piping bag!!

  • sara says:

    So cute! These are super adorable. 🙂

  • ThatsSoYummy says:

    These are just some of the most adorable little things I have seen. So creative and they look soooo yummy!

  • Lydia says:

    Gorgeous! I’m so glad you are joining the Drop In & Decorate family. There are events going on all around the country this month, and there’s still time to bake, decorate and donate cookies. We will be making thousands of people very happy. Thank you!

  • The Little Teochew says:

    These cookies are unbelievably perfect! You’re a really, really, REALLY talented baker!!!

  • BethieofVA says:


  • Stephanie @ A Fine House says: have some serious talent. I could look at your stuff all day!

  • Sarah says:

    You are so rediculously talented! Amazing!!!