so my little one has learned how to crawl which is the cutest thing and the best part WAS that she only stayed on the carpet or playmat. Well my cute little Jellybean has ventured on to the hardwood floor and kitchen floor which let me tell you is now a pain in the butt to open my oven when she is around. We cant have a case of “Hansel and Gretel” if you catch my drift.
Anyways its cold here in Illinois and we are preparing for up to 10 more inches of snow, yes I said TEN! let me go hid in a corner and cry because I don’t mind looking at the snow its the get a kid ready to go out in the snow (you cant put your child in a coat into the carseat and you have to stand outside in the freezing weather to take on and off their coat to put them back in and out of the car – RANT!) Anyways, cookies are even better and keep you warmer when they are shaped like mini sweaters but you can cut them into any shape.
cookies – supposed to make 3.5 dozen I only had 27 cookies
3 cups of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt or in my case I used salted butter
1 cup butter, soft
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tbsp milk (we aren’t drinking milk so I used 2 tbsp of pear juice)
powdered sugar or flour for rolling out dough
beat butter and sugar together until light in color, add egg and milk (pear juice) and beat until combined. slowly add in flour and baking powder (and salt if your butter is unsalted). beat at a low speed when adding flour, and beat until the mixture doesn’t stick to the side of the bowl. divide dough into 1/2 and wrap in waxed/parchment paper and place in fridge for 2 hours (4 hours max).
preheat oven to 375.
sprinkle surface where you will be rolling out your dough as well as your hands and your rolling pin. take your dough out of the fridge and start rolling. roll dough down to 1/4 inch thick and cut into desired shapes. place shape onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake between 8-12 minutes depending on the size of the cookie, make sure you rotate your pan at the half way mark.
remove cookies and place on cooling rack, if needed take scraps form a new ball and cut more shapes. I did this a few times just give your cookies a chance to get cold in the fridge again. Frost if you desire!