Are you looking for fun things to do with your children at home ? One of our favorite activities to do at home is bake and cookies is a simple and fun activity kids love to participate in.
My daughter Harlow loves animals so finding cookie cutters that would excite her was not easy but we found some that were super cute which was really excited. One pack we found at Ikea and the other set we found at Homesense both were full of adorable animals and were reasonably priced as well, WIN for us.
We hope you have fun decorating cookies like we did.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened to cool room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon lemon zest (from about 1 lemon)
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
MAKES 2-3 DOZEN COOKIES, DEPENDING ON SIZE OF CUTOUTS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add vanilla extract, almond extract and lemon zest; mix. Add two cups flour, baking powder and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix just until flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth and soft.
Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. Dust a counter with flour and roll the dough to desired thickness.
Cut the dough into shapes. Place the cookies on a lined or lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Keep in mind that the cookies won’t appear browned at all when they are done baking so don’t let them ove-rbake!
Cool the cookies completely on a wire rack before frosting.
Photography: Warin Marie Photography