Look at them... you really want to eat one, don't you. They take some time, but I promise you that they are well worth the trouble. Here's the how-to...
- 3/4 cup shortening (Don't substitute butter or margarine... they don't taste the same.)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
1. Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
2. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together. Slowly blend into the ingredients from Step 1. Chill dough for at least 1 hour (don't skip this step!)
3. Roll dough on floured surface. I usually roll it to somewhere between 1/8" and 1/4" thick. The thinner you roll, the crisper the cookies will be. Cut with desired cookie cutters. I got my acorns and oak leaves as part of a Wilton set (which also includes maple leaves) about 11 years ago, but it's still available in stores.
4. Place cut out cookies on ungreased baking sheets.
5. Time to decorate! This step is completely optional. 90% of the time I don't use the egg yolk paint; I just bake them as is.
Egg Yolk Paint: Mix together one egg yolk with 1/4 tsp water.
Separate into small bowls and add food coloring. I found all of these in my cupboard...
I had no idea I had four different types of food coloring (or why... obviously I don't use it very often). I ended up using all of them. I just mixed and stirred until I had nice shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Use small paintbrushes to paint directly on the unbaked cookies.
I have a pack of Crayola natural bristle paintbrushes that I save just for this recipe...
Here's my daughter demonstrating how to use the egg yolk paint on her Hello Kitty cookies...
6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes. You want to make sure that you don't let the cookies get too brown because it will take away from the clarity of the colors.
Yum! You will love these cookies, and you can make them for any occasion. These are an especially great Christmas cookie idea. Have fun and get creative with them!
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