Sunday, May 4, 2014

Is it summer yet????......

Watermelon Slice Cookies

Boy it's been a long, long, long winter.  Here in Minnesota it had to be one of the worst we've had in a long time.  It started way back in October and just never let up. But, I'm sitting here today and the sun is shinning and people are sitting on their decks trying to soak up a little vitamin D. So summer can't be to far down the road.  Heck, I would be happy with 65 degrees! 

Anyways, so much for the weather report.  I thought it might be a fun idea to post something that reminds us all of summer days to come.  Something fun, appealing to the eye and tummy and sweet just like summer.  Watermelons always make me feel that summer is here to stay for a little while anyway.  Right now the watermelons are expensive and just don't quite have that wonderful sweet, juicy summer taste.  So what would be the next best thing?  How about cookies that look like watermelon slices.  Your family would certainly enjoy these sweet little slices of summer.

I used a circle cookie cutter and then cut them in half.  Then baked them according to the recipe, let them cool and then frosted them.  I used a star tip to frost them and added mini chocolate chips as the watermelon seeds.  Everyone had a smile on their face when I brought them to work.  Sometimes its just the little things that take the winter blues away....NOW come on summer!!!!
I've posted this sugar recipe before, but it's well worth posting again.  It's one of the best sugar cookie recipes I've used.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookie Recipe
Submitted by Jill Saunders
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened                         5 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar                                     2 tsps. baking powder  
4 eggs                                                           1 tsp. salt 
1 tsp. vanilla extract                                                                  

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting:
I use butter cream icing for the frosting.  I had a small cake decorating business many years ago and have always used this recipe for my frosting.  It's pretty basic, but tastes wonderful.


Ingredients:
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. margarine or butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (I use clear vanilla to keep the frosting as white
               as it can be)
1/2 tsp. almond extract
milk

  1. Directions:
  2. Beat shortening and margarine until the color is almost white.  This takes a few minutes.
  3. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and beat until blended.  If too stiff, add a small amount of milk to thin.  
Use a star tip to pipe on pink, green and white and top with mini chocolate chips.

That's it!  Instant summer...well, maybe not instant summer, but a preview of wonderful warm days to come...




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