Painted Sugar Cookies a la Nicole

1 Apr

I think these are actually shortbread cookies, but let’s not get technical here. You can paint them or not – painting is fun and done BEFORE they are baked. They can be cut out or sliced, sliced is EASY and would be great dipped in a chocolate ganache. Or maybe add rose water, cardamom and pistachios… oh my.

1 C (2 sticks) earth balance
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder

Paint
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp dried soymilk powder – optional
food colorings

350 oven
beat butter and sugar together until fluffy
add vanilla and beat until combined
in a separate bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.
add flour mixture slowly to butter mixture, stirring on low speed.
stop beating as soon as flour is completely incorporated.
form dough into ball, refrigerate for 30 min.

Roll the dough out to a slightly thick 1/4″ (not too thin) cut into shapes, and have the kids paint with clean paint brushes before baking. Cookies may need to be refrigerated until firm to transfer to the cookie sheet.

For the painting- mix the “paint” together and divide into custard cups to however many colors you would like. If using the soymilk powder, add in right before ready to paint. Add food coloring until desired color is achieved.

Alternatively, roll into a log, flatten into a square-ish shape, and slice about 1/4″ thick, and skip the painting stuff.

Bake until edges are slightly brown, dependent on thickness and size of cookies.

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