Anna had been sick with the flu these past two weeks and was stuck in the house for most of that time with a fever and a bad cold.
This seems to be a pattern because last Valentine’s Day Anna was also sick.
When she started to feel better at the end of last week I promised her that we could do something fun together… So when she asked if we could make green cookies this weekend I quickly whipped up a batch of these easy sugar cookies and we gave them a generous splash of color.
I would recommend using a more potent food coloring like a gel paste because we had to use quite a bit of the liquid dye just to see a change of color in the dough.
Anna was happy to cut out her shapes…
roll out the dough again and cut some more until we had two full trays of cookies!
This is a fun stay at home project that’s quick and easy and you probably have the ingredients you need already in your pantry/fridge.
I’m already looking forward to making more of these for Easter and decorating them with icing next time!
Basic Sugar Cookies
Adapted ever so slightly from Sugarbelle
- 1 stick softened unsalted Butter
- 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 1/4-1 3/4 cup Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Food Coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and blend well (I added the food coloring at this point too). In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk together until combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly and mix until well combined with a spoon. The consistency should be like a soft play-dough and not too sticky. If the dough is too sticky add more flour. If the dough becomes too dry add a tablespoon at a time of water to get the right consistency. Roll out the dough to 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick and cut out your shapes. Keep rolling out the left over dough pieces and making cookies until there is no dough left. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet in batches for 7-9 minutes. Do not let the cookies bake too long. They should not be brown on top.