Cookies are delicious and fun to make for any holiday. These sugar cookies are easy, as well as beautiful. Kids of all ages will love the colorful cookies. The best part is that using extracts and food coloring, you can customize one batter into many different flavor combinations. I felt like a kid again playing with Play- Doh.
Since Easter is quickly approaching, I shaped some of them to look like an egg. The dough handles beautifully, so this wasn’t a pain. I plopped the rounded ball on the cookie sheet, and then flattened with my fingers and shaped into an oval. Although they don’t spread on the sides so much, they do puff up during baking.
INGREDIENTS FOR ABOUT 40 COOKIES:
3/4 cup Crisco
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup Canola oil
3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 large egg
¾ tsp cream of tartar
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
3 cups AP flour
Extract of your choice (see below)
In mixing bowl, beat Crisco and granulated sugar until fluffy. Add oil, confectioner’s sugar, and egg, mixing until incorporated.
Add the cream of tartar, soda, and salt and beat until combined. Add flour and mix until you have a soft dough.
Divide the dough into 4 small bowls. (Approximately 1 rounded cup of dough per bowl). Add ½ tsp extract to each bowl and mix by hand with a silicone spatula or a fork. Suggestions are vanilla, almond, coffee, raspberry, cinnamon, spearmint, peppermint, lemon, orange, or whatever flavor strikes your fancy. If desired, add a drop or two of food coloring to each bowl that matches the flavor you added.
Using a cookie scoop, place 1” scoops on a silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten each ball to about ¼” thickness using your fingers or a glass. You can make them bigger, if you would like, just make sure that all the cookies on the sheet are the same size. (I found it just as easy to roll a ball of dough in my hands, press it down and shape it with my fingers. The dough is a breeze to work with.)
Bake at 350° F for approximately 13 minutes or until cookies are set in the middle. This should give you a softer cookie. Cool on wire racks and decorate. I like to match the frosting color and flavor to the cookie flavor. Again, use your extracts and coloring.
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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2016