I started with a basic sugar cookie recipe. This one does not require hours in the fridge chilling. Only a short wait.
- 1 cup of softened butter or margarine.
- 1 cup of white granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Optional: 1/2 t. almond extract
Mix well. Then add:
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 3 cups of all purpose white flour
Mix well again. The dough will be soft and sticky. It will be “almost”make into a ball.
Put in the fridge for 15 minutes. (You can put the dough in the fridge for longer if you choose.
At this point I separated the dough into 3 sections. I added food coloring until I got the colors I desired. Yellow… green… orange.
I rolled out small sections of the dough on a lightly floured surface. The edges of the dough touch.
I then pressed a lightly floured cookie cutter into the dough.
Carefully remove the excess dough and separate the colors the best you can. Some of the dough will mix together at the edges. It was only little bit so I set that aside to be thrown away or re-used later.
When transferring the cookie to the baking sheet, beware the two or three colors may try to separate. A little bit of patience is required. If they fall apart, just add the dough back and recut. I only had this happen a few times. A few of them I was able to put back together… carefully.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 6-8 minutes… until the cookie is firm. Be careful that the edges don’t get too brown.
Allow to completely cool and store in a cookie tin or plastic food storage box. The cookies will crisp up as they cool.
These cookies make great gifts, served at parties or put in a sack lunches.
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