Friday, October 14, 2011

Tasty Fall Leaves


I haven't had the chance to do any leaf peeping yet. The colors are not at their prime, but I am hoping to rectify that problem within the next couple weeks. But, to get ready for the fall big reveal, I thought I would make some colorful leaf cookie cut out. The weather is starting to chill and the rain has been falling for a few days now....what better way to spend an afternoon than to bake, bake, bake!


Sugar Cut Out Cookie Recipe
Instructions

1 Cup of Softened Butter
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3 c. of Flour
1 1/2 c. of Granulated Sugar (I use half brown sugar )
2 Large Egg
2 tsp. of Baking Powder

Directions
*Preheat the oven to 375°F.
*Cream the butter and sugar.
*Beat eggs and vanilla into the butter / sugar mixture.
*In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.
*Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients one cup at a time, and continue mixing until the dough becomes stiff.
*Divide the dough in half and refrigerate 1 hour or more.
*On a floured surface, roll each half of the dough until it's approximately 1/8" thick.
*Cut out cookies using floured cookie cutters.
*Bake the cookies on an parchment covered cookie sheet for 6 - 8 minutes, or until they're golden brown
.*Let the cookies cool before frosting.
**Now for the frosting I use a confectionery sugar frosting and dip the cookies in to get that smooth texture.



Confectionery Sugar Frosting -3 c. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. lemon juice or extract, and enough warm water to get the dipping consistency you desire.
**It works best in a mixing bowl with a whip. I let it go to get all the lumps out.


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