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Family Fun: Plane, Train and Automobile Sugar Cookies for Father's Day

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Posted by : Sue Riedl, Fri, Jun 15 2012

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Regardless of the occasion, nothing beats a cookie painstakingly iced by your child. Better still, cookies are simply a great, heart-felt kid-to-dad Father’s Day treat.

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So, for this Sunday, I am going to make cookies with Felix, to give to his dad. What kind of cookies? Sugar cookies — and not just your regular, everyday sugar cookies: Felix was recently gifted some plane, train and car cookie cutters that we can’t wait to use!

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RECIPE: Sugar Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen

 

Ingredients 

  • ⅔ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • zest of a lemon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp of milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Icing sugar
  • Lemon juice
     

Cookie dough entices kids to the kitchen but also provides the opportunity for them to help — pouring, mixing, rolling, adding icing, there is so much that they can do. Little or big, kids really feel they did most of the work. It’s great fun, and a great confidence booster.

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Start by assembling your ingredients. If your kids are older, you can let them help measure. You’ll need (see above): ⅔ cup vegetable shortening, ¾ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste), one egg, 4 teaspoons milk, 2 cups flour, 1-½ teaspoons baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt.

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For sugar cookies, I like to add the zest of one lemon, but this is optional; you can also use an orange or lime. Teach your kids to grate off only the exterior and not the bitter pith.

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To start, cream together the sugar and shortening in a medium bowl using a hand mixer.

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Now, add lemon zest, vanilla, egg and milk.  

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Combine, with the hand mixer.

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In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, slowly adding them to the wet mixture a bit at a time. I used the hand mixer on med-low speed. Combine ’till a ball of dough forms.

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You can finish shaping the dough by hand, on a lightly floured cutting board.

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Divide the dough in two, and wrap it. Chill wrapped dough in the fridge for one hour.

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Remove the dough and preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out the dough to about ⅛ inch thick. Using cookies cutters, cut out whatever shapes you like. Put the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake for 7-8 minutes, or until the edges brown lightly.

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For the icing, I just keep it simple with my son. I mix about 3-4 tablespoons icing sugar with about 1-½ teaspoons lemon or lime juice, until I get a thick paste. (Note: you don’t want this too thick, or it will drip off the cookies.) 

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Now, add food colouring and… voilà!

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Add sparkles or other decorations. Leave the cookies out until the tops are completely dry. For storage, stack into a sealed container.

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Get your assistant to eat one of each shape before you give them to dad. Just to give them a proper test run — you want them to be perfect, after all! Yes, you can have some, too.


 Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 3-year-old.


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