Thursday, December 15, 2011

Poinsettia Cookies

Today's Advent activity: making poinsettia cookies! For detailed directions go here. I did follow the instructions  pretty much exactly, including buying the sugar cookie dough- a first for me! I much prefer to make cookie dough from scratch and my Yankee frugality was hollering the whole time...but these cookies were so easy. And a breeze to clean up.

First, we mixed the sugar cookie dough with red food coloring (using the mixer made this much easier than combining the food coloring and dough in a resealable bag, as suggested in the recipe). Then we rolled 1- inch balls of the dough in red sugar....

placed the balls on a cookie sheet...

And then used a knife to cut each ball into wedges, being careful not to cut all the way through...

The wedges separate very nicely when baked and they really will look like flowers! Pop the cookies in at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes, until just set and lightly browned. Quickly press a large gumdrop in the center of each....



and there you have them! They just need to set up for a minute or two on the baking sheet before you transfer them to a cooling rack. I think they're just so darn cute.  And of course the kids are anxious to try them out for our dessert tonight. I'll be sure to let you know how they came out:)

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