Since Halloween would soon be here, I decided that we should bake some Halloween cookies...
I made the cookie dough that morning since it had to sit in the refrigerator for 3- 4 hours before we cut the cookies...
Cream Together: 1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
Beat In: 1 egg
Add: 1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cup sifted flour
Mix until all ingredients are well blended. Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out 1/4" thick and cut.
Bake about 8-10 minutes or until barely colored.
Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.
While the cookies were baking, we made the icing:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 Tb. butter
1 Tb. milk
1 Tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp. lemon juice
Melt butter and combine all ingredients, beat until smooth.
Add food coloring if desired.
Yield 1/3 cup
*Note: I tripled the icing recipe.*
I mixed the dry ingredients together.
While the cookies cooled, I mixed the food coloring in for icing the cookies...
And then the REAL fun began...Decorating the cookies!
And the VERY BEST part of all...Getting to eat one of those cookies!
Next, we did some FINGER PAINTING! One of the books I bought Parker for her birthday was one I remember from my children's literature class in college (I know...always the teacher; everything is a "teachable moment"), "Mouse Paint". This is a great book for teaching children about mixing colors to create other colors. So, after I read her the book again, we did just what the little mice in the book did...We mixed some paints together...With our hands!
All in all we had a GRAND weekend...Can you tell?!