Monday, July 4, 2011

Hooray for the Red, White, and Yummy

I felt like some holiday baking, and thisn Pioneer Woman cookie recipe worked pretty well. Easy to cut out, cookies did not lose shape as they baked. I will tell you about my tweaks as I go along.
Pioneer Woman Cut Out Cookies
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
4 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg yolks, separated
2 tbsp water
food coloring
Cream the shortening, and sugar until creamy. Add milk,vanilla, and stir in rest of ingredients.
Let dough chill for at least a half an hr, then roll out. I will add a little more milk next time, the dough was just a little crumbly. You want these cookies a little thick when rolled out. Whne the cookies are all cut out, and on cookie sheets, mix the egg yolks, water, and food coloring. Take a pastry brush and brush the egg mixture over the cookies, then bake 350 degrees 8-10 minutes.
When the cookies are baked, make the glaze.
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
The glaze needs to be fairly thick, so it won't flow all over the cookies. Spoon the glaze in a pastry bag, or ziploc bag and snip a corner off. Drizzle the glaze on the cooled cookies, and let the glaze dry. I may use, vanilla/almond extract in the dough next time. These are easy, and yummy.
Happy 4th

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