Saturday, April 16, 2011

April Showers bring Flower Cookies!

The weather outside is absolutely awful! Rain all day, thunderstorms, tornado warnings.....who wants to go outside? Not me!

For those of you not wanting to leave your house, here a cute easy recipe, and it is kid friendly! Make a fun day in the kitchen on this dreary day! April Showers bring May Flowers....or cookies.....

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temp.
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • food coloring

wood or paper lollipop sticks (optional)
In a large bowl, beat the butter and oil with both sugars until light. Add the egg and beat for another minute. Add the flour, baking soda and vanilla and beat on low speed or stir by hand just until you have a smooth dough. Remove about a third of it and set aside; add several drops of food coloring to the remaining dough and knead it in until incorporated (or leave it swirly). If you like, wrap or cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. (This will cause the dough to spread less.)

Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll the chilled dough into marble-sized balls. On a parchment-lined cookie sheet, arrange one plain dough ball, place a stick with its tip underneath it, then place 5 colored balls around it. (They will spread, so they can be close together without having to touch.) Bake for 15-20 minutes, until set.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

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