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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Cut Out Cookies

For anyone who has read some of my past posts, you know the kitchen is NOT my favorite place in the world. I try to get it, do what I have to do, and get out. Well, three times a year I will pull out all the stops and make cut out sugar cookies with my kids. Children love to be in the kitchen and these cookies involve that plus being able to decorate and be creative. Before I start, a warning--this activity will include a huge mess--but hey THEY had fun! These are the times that everyone will remember.

To make the cookies I look for the easiest possible way. First I purchase rolls of Pillsbury cookie dough. To add my own little touch, I sprinkle it with cinnamon before I roll it out. So, done with that--cookie dough complete--that was easy.

Now our decorating always involves painting. To make cookie paint you use confectionery sugar, milk, and food coloring. I don't have actual measurements for anything I use. I pour a good amount of the 10x sugar into a bowl, then I add a little milk. Start slow, about a tablespoon. Stir it up. If it seems to thick, add a little more milk. You want it to be about the consistency of tempera paint--easy to spread with a paint brush, but not too thin it won't stick. After I have the right consistency the food coloring is added and we get four beautiful colors to paint our cookies with. (I usually limit the number of colors, but feel free to do more.)

Now we are ready to go. There's rolling, cutting, baking, painting, and sprinkling. We have a great time and we make a big mess, but it only happens a few times a year. Good luck!

Okay, time to clean up! Hey, where did everybody go?

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