After making & icing Shamrock (3-leaf clover) cookies – they just did not look quite right to me. Of course, the day after March 17th, it hit me – I should have made green dough. (For information on FOOD COLOR see my post Crazy 4 Color). So, I wrote down my idea for next year and while I was bummed that I missed the opportunity for this year, I moved ahead to Easter. How cute would colored dough be for Easter Egg cookies??…. oh yeah, it’s cute!! I’m not done with these yet — I plan to add icing in the coordinating color and sanding sugar as well. Anyway, this technique is exactly the same as adding color -to homemade “play-dough” – salt dough. Hopefully, people still make that – my mom made it for my brother & me when we were kiddos and I’ve made it for mine as well. If you haven’t made it, you should – so I’ll add the recipe below. Then when your children/grandchildren grow-up they just might use their play-dough skill for cookie making; see the carrots & the tulips.
I also made a revised version of the sugar cookie dough recipe that I use… but I’m not 100% sold on it yet. I can’t decide if I really like it or not. I’m reserving my opinion until after I add the icing to the cookies… but instead of almond extract, I used vanilla beans & lemon zest (and I still used vanilla extract) – maybe I will try lemon extract, too. I LOVE lemon!! … the texture tho’ is what I don’t like, it’s different – too heavy?? Anyway, that’s how new recipes usually go – everyone has their own preference and it takes a few slight tweaks to personalize it to one’s own taste. (My taste-tester wasn’t too impressed either, but he’s not really a big lemon fan… so I’m not sure why I even bothered to ask him ~)
The Play- Dough recipe that I grew up with:
1/2 c. salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. water
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. food coloring