Today is the last day of summer vacation, and Things One and Two are finally excited about going back and seeing their friends. And mama is ready for a routine once again! In honor of their big day tomorrow, I decided to go out of the box and do something creative. I am not artistic in any way, shape, or form unfortunately, but despite my handicap, these cookies turned out very cute!
I remember a while back an acquaintance of mine mentioned that she knew a girl who's cousin's sister's best-friend's great-great aunt would make crayon cookies for her kids on the first day of school as a special treat. I've been thinking about that all summer and looked online to see if I could find anything on it, and I found a recipe at this site. This took me a long time to do, but it might have been due to the fact that I was somewhat distracted watching Desperate Housewives while cooking and that I'm not artistic, so it took me a while to mold the cookies to my satisfaction.
First, the cookie doesn't taste great at all. I had to add a ton of sugar to it because following the recipe exactly leaves you with a ball of dough that pretty much tastes like flour. I didn't modify the recipe any more than that because I was afraid that it would affect how the cookie would bake and I wanted them to hold its shape. Next time I make sugar cookies, though, I will roll a few of them to look like crayons and see if I can get a better tasting cookie. I will update this post when I test that. Anyways, it did take me a long time to do this, but I was feeling very Suzy-Homemaker and had Bree and Gabrielle to distract me, so it was fine. I figured out that after I mixed the food coloring in each section of dough, I needed to refrigerate the dough to help firm it up for molding, then AFTER I "pre-molded" each cookie, I put the cookie sheet in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up again, that way I could touch them up one more time to get the best shape possible. If you have any artistic talent in your body, I'm sure you could make your cookies look way better than mine. Especially when it comes to piping on the chocolate. Regardless of its taste, my kids LOVED the cookies, but I'm sure they were just giddy over how incredibly adorable they looked. I'm officially a "cool" mom now. It only took me eight years to do something worthy enough to achieve that status!
Yields 20 cookies
2 sticks butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted paste food colorings
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease cookie sheets.
2. Beat butter and vanilla in large bowl at high speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Add powdered sugar; beat at medium speed until blended. Combine flour and salt in small bowl. Gradually add to butter mixture until blended.
3. Divide dough into 10 equal sections. Reserve 1 section; cover and refrigerate remaining 9 sections. Combine reserved section and desired food coloring in small bowl; blend well.
4. Cut dough section in half. Roll each half into 5-inch log. Pinch one end to resemble crayon tip. Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Repeat with remaining 9 sections of dough and desired food colorings.
5. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
6. Combine chocolate chips and shortening in small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, or until chocolate is melted and smooth. Decorate cookies with chocolate mixture to look like crayons.