By Tara C.
If you have small people hanging around, i.e. children, this is a fun recipe to make with them. It's one part craft, one part baking. The dough handles like modeling clay, so kids can shape the dough into letters, numbers, or any other shape they want.
While making these cookies into the shapes of the kids' initials, my 5-year-old daughter realized that she has been mispronouncing her little brother's name for his entire life. "Honey, your brother's name actually starts with a T, not an F." So, I guess this was a pretty big Life Moment. Thanks, educational cookies!
The recipe comes from the Preschooler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner, which is a great resource for games and activities for 3 to 6-year-olds.
(photo from: Goodreads.com)
Now, I have made a lot of cookies in my time. And I've eaten a lot, too. This is the only cookie recipe I know of that uses hard-cooked egg yolks in the dough. That just seems weird. But, the resulting cookies are very tasty, so somehow it works. That might have something to do with the large quantity of butter. This recipe also uses a lot of yolks. I used the leftover hard-booked whites in an egg-salad.
Recipe from The Preschooler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner
4½ cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1½ cups butter
3 hard-cooked egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
3 raw egg yolks
1½ teaspoons vanilla
Colored sugar or chocolate chips (optional)-I omitted
1. Measure flour into a large bowl.
2. Cut butter into small pieces and add to the flour. Mix with your fingers until the flour and butter form fine crumbs.
3. Mash cooked egg yolks with sugar and stir into the flour mixture.
4. Blend raw egg yolks with vanilla and stir into the flour mixture with a fork.
5. Press the mixture with your hands into a firm ball. Work with the dough at room temperature, but refrigerate it if you will bake it later.
6. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
7. Roll out the dough. Cut 3-inch or 4-inch strips and roll with your palm to make ropes.
8. Shape the ropes into letters. Flatten them slightly so they are about 1/4-inch thick. If you like, decorate the letters with colored sugar or chocolate chips.
9. Place the letters on a cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.