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Alphabet Cookie Fun

I recently had the opportunity to do my very first guest post over at at Midnight Mommy.  I was so pleased to have the chance to post for her blog, she always has great Mommy related reviews and links to freebies, coupons and giveaways.

I wanted to re-post it over here is case you missed it…  (It’s a great activity to do with the kids!)

I am very excited to show off one of our latest baking projects. We made Alphabet Cookies using a special cookie dough recipe that I found in an arts and craft book for kids called “The Toddler Busy Book”. I especially like that this recipe is low in sugar.

Before I get started, I want to show you a new product I found. Have you seen these?

They are Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs, which are Eggs that have been pasteurized in the shell!   Perfect for baking with children, now you can eat as much raw cookie dough you want.  I have always been too paranoid to let them have anything with raw eggs in it…  They are about twice the price of regular eggs, but worth it to me as I only use them in baking.  I found these at our local HEB plus. I checked Wal-mart today, but they still don’t carry them.

Back to the cookies… Here is how we made them. (The recipe and instructions will be at the end.)

First we measured out our flour.




Despite the tears, everyone got a turn…  (Pitiful, isn’t it?)

 Next, using a knife, I cut the butter up in small pieces and added it to the bowl of flour.  We used a pastry blender to mix the butter and flour until it resembled fine crumbs.



Oh, so hard!

Next we mixed the sugar with the hard boiled egg yolks, and blended that in to the flour.  The boiled egg- sugar mixture looked like this:

Then we mixed the raw eggs and vanilla into the dough and squeezed everything together to form a ball.

After that, I rolled out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and used my pizza cutter to cut the dough into strips.

After working with the dough a little bit, we discovered it worked best to shape the letters out of the strips of dough that had been rolled with a rolling pin to about 1/3 inch thickness and cut into strips about 3/4 inch wide.  The original instructions called for rolling the dough into ropes, but our dough seemed to hold up better in the strips.




After we baked the cookies, we frosted them with a little store bought cake icing and food coloring mixed in. We started out using popsicle sticks to apply the frosting, but in the end, we just used what worked best.  Our fingers!





Yum!!!


Alphabet Cookie Dough Recipe:


Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups butter
3 hard-boiled egg yolks (I just used regular eggs)
3/4 cup sugar
3 raw egg yolks (used the pasteurized eggs)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 300°F.
Measure the flour into a large bowl.
Cut the butter into small pieces and add them to the flour. Mix the flour and butter until the mixture forms fine crumbs.
In a separate bowl, mash the hard-boiled egg yolks with the sugar. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture.
In a separate bowl, blend the raw egg yolks with the vanilla. Stir this mixture into the flour mixture with a fork.
Press the mixture into a firm ball.
Roll out the dough. Cut 3- or-4-inch strips and have your child roll them with his hands to make ropes.
Shape the ropes into the letters of your child’s name. Flatten them slightly so they’re about 1/4 inch thick.
Bake the letters on a baking sheet for 25–30 minutes.
Remove from the oven when cookies are just starting to brown on the bottom.
Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a rack.

Thanks again to Ferne at Midnight Mommy for inviting me to guest post on her blog.  We had a lot of fun making and eating these cookies and I hope you will too.  

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