Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Azka loves playdough! But I don’t. Simply because it is sticky and harmful for Khalif ; Azka tend to left small pieces of the dough on the carpet where Khalif loves to pick it up voluntarily and put in his mouth. Not good. Maybe when Khalif is old enough to learn that playdough is NOT food (also sandals, pen, crayons, and any possible objects that scattered on the floor) I would be glad to buy some for them. Pinky promise, kids.

So, at this time being, why don’t we make something like playdough but edible instead? This super fun activity not only good for kids’ fine motor skill but also they learn about colors (mix two colors for the icing) and texture.  Recipes as follows:

Sugarcookie

Ingredients:

For the Cookies :

1 cup butter, softened (I used margarine)
1/2 cup sugar
2 medium eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Icing:
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (the sugar must be sifted)
1 tablespoon milk (adding in more if needed for proper spreading consistency)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla in place of the almond
Food coloring (use your choice of colours)

Directions:

For cookies; In a large bowl combine WET ingredients; butter with sugar, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; beat using an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. In another bowl combine the DRY ingredients: flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours (or until 24 hour). Don’t skip the chill process, it’s important to work with a chill dough as it is easier to cut it out.

After chilling. Set oven to 400°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (do not grease cookie sheets use parchment paper only). On a very lightly floured surface roll out the dough into about 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters, I used shaped animals cookie cutters from IKEA. Place cookies 2-inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake around 4 to 6 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool completely before icing.

For the frosting; in a small bowl mix the confectioners sugar with milk (start with 1-2 tablespoons, you will likely need more milk for the perfect spreading consistency). Beat in vanilla extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. Divide into as many separate bowls as you wish for different colours. Add in food colouring until desired intensity is achieved. Paint the icing over the cookies using a brush, or dip edges of cookies into icing. Allow to set on waxed paper. Original recipes from here.

Enjoy!

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