Dear Readers of the Greater Rochester area,
It’s that time of year, in Rochester, where ghosts, goblins and witches abound. Jeannette, who lives in Ontario, always tried to make some sort of treat for the kids at Halloween time. She discovered a fast and easy way to make frosted cut out cookies. For those of you that can not do gluten, Jeannette recommends using Pamela’s Baking and Pancake mix. This product can be found in the gluten free isle of Wegmans Natural World. This mix makes really good cookies. So just follow the directions for cut out or sugar cookies. For today’s lesson we will be using Pillsbury refrigerator sugar cookie dough. So if you’re ready, let’s cook, or in this case let’s bake.
Here is a list of supplies you will need:
2 baking sheets and nonstick foil to line the sheets with
A rolling pin and waxed paper
Halloween cookie cutters
A medium mixing bowl
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
Several small bowls
Spoons to stir with
Here is the list of ingredients that you will need:
For the cookies:
2 tubes of Pillsbury refrigerator sugar cookie dough
For the frosting mix:
1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter
3-4 cups of confectioner’s sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1-2 tablespoon of water
Preheat your oven according to the cookie tube directions. Now place a large piece of wax paper on a counter top or table. Next sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on the paper. Now take some of the cookie dough out of the tube and place it on the wax paper. Dust your rolling pin with some of the sugar also. Now take your rolling pin and roll the dough out so that it is flat and even. Roll it so that it is about an 1/8 of an inch thick. Next take one of the cookie cutters and dip in the sugar and place on the dough and press down. After you have cut out a cookie place it on the baking sheet. Repeat this process until all of the dough is used up and all of the cut outs are on the trays. Next bake according to the cookie tube’s directions. After the cookies are baked, take them out of the oven and let them cool. While the cookies are cooling, now is the perfect time to mix up the frosting. In your medium mixing bowl place butter, shortening and vanilla. Stir till all is mixed and smooth. Next add confectioner’s sugar about a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix it in till the frosting is smooth. Keep adding the sugar till you have about 3 cups of frosting that is slightly thick and very smooth. If you find the frosting getting to thick to fast add a couple of drops of water at a time to smooth out the frosting. After the frosting is made you can divide it up into several small bowls and use your food coloring to make different colors of frosting for your cookies. This is a wonderful morning or afternoon activity that you can do with your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews. Kids just love to be involved in all sort of kitchen activities. And making cookies is a really fun one that the whole family can enjoy. If there is any leftover frosting you can either refrigerate it or use it on graham crackers.
Jeannette hopes you will enjoy this fun Halloween activity with your kids. She would also love to hear from you. So if anyone has any original recipes they would like to see featured in this column; Jeannette can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeannette hopes everyone has a delicious Halloween. Until next time, remember that if you can read you can cook.