March 30, 2011

Colourful Cookies

Cookbook Adventure #7 - "Cakes and Cookies"

Yes another repeat cookbook! But this time at the request of my eldest child who wanted to take these cookies to school for birthday treats for the whole class. 

They were so popular that we did another batch for my second child's birthday treats for her class too!

A great way to occupy the kids for an afternoon and to let their creative talents loose.

Here's the very easy Thermotalk version of the recipe:

200g butter, roughly cut into 1-2cm cubes
200g raw sugar
2 eggs
450g plain flour
approximately 200g icing sugar for icing

Preheat oven to 180C.
If you don't already have icing sugar, place 200g white sugar in TM bowl and mill to icing sugar for 15 seconds on speed 9. Set aside.
Place raw sugar into TM bowl. Mill to caster sugar for 3 seconds on speed 9.
Add butter to the TM bowl. Cream for about 3 minutes on speed 4 until pale and creamy. You may have to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally.
Add eggs one at a time with the Thermomix running on speed 4, until combined.
Add plain flour. Knead for 1 minute on interval speed or until dough comes together.
Remove the dough, wrap in plastic or your Thermomat, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface until 5mm thick and cut out your cookies. Place on a greased baking tray or one lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on wire racks.
Golden brown and great with a cuppa!
To make a water icing: add enough water to the icing sugar to make a thick smooth paste and add food colouring if desired.

Make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy one (or two) of the cookies  whilst the kids go wild with the decorating!

Batch #1

Batch #2
Serving size tips: This recipe makes approximately 40 medium sized cookies and countless small cookies.  The recipe can be halved (we used half the recipe for batch #2 and still ended up with 80 mini cookies!)

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