Saturday, July 5, 2008

Play Dough Cookies - 4th of July

My cousin shared this fun recipe on her blog, and we decided to try it with 4th of July colors. We made them together to have as a treat at our American Themed Family Home Evening this week. They were a lot of fun to make with Andrew. They really do look like play dough as you are making them and you roll them out like you are making snakes and spirals. (Luckily they taste like shortbread and not play dough). Andrew keeps asking to make them again! Now you can make them, too!

Andrew loves to crack eggs! (He does a great job, No shells)!

We always mix the dry ingredients together in a plastic bag. It makes it fun to shake. (and keeps Andrew from sampling the flour....gross)!

Andrew checks out the dough.

Rolling out the snakes.

Ready for the oven

Made in America!

Play Dough Cookies
3/4 C butter
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
2 and 3/4 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
assorted food coloring (gel or paste works best)

1. In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until smooth.

2. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms. Divide dough into Fourths. Tint each with a different food coloring. Wrap in plastic and chill for two hours. (I stuck it in the freezer for 15 minutes because I hate to wait!)

3. Preheat oven to 350. Shape colors into 3/4 inch balls. For each cookie place one pink, one orange, one green, and one blue ball together and roll to make one giant ball. Roll into a 12 inch long snake, and then starting at one end coil roll to make a cookie. Place cookies 2 to 3 inches apart on greased cookie sheet to allow for spreading.

4. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.

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