Friday, April 22, 2011

The cookie monster!!

So, what’s a girl to do with a whole Friday off that happens to be Earth day?  We ride bikes!!  70 miles in the Ironman bank, cha-ching!!
And what do you do with a 3 hour and 46 minute workout window post ride?  (The workout window is specifically designed, in my opinion, to break your healthy living lifestyle post long workout Smile with tongue out-hey, I earned it!)
YOU MAKE COOKIES!!!  And so I headed over to Mama TFB's (yeah, that’s tri’ing for balance-and yes, I am trying to be cool Open-mouthed smile) with the hubster to make some Easter cutouts!
Check it out!
ready to roll em out
Mama TFB doin' her baking thang!

Cookies ready to go!
(Yeah, thats my grilled cheese on the lower rack.  I multitask!)

Decorating man DUZ DEKORATING!
The finished pretty!!
Hungry??  Give ‘em a whirl!

Mama TFB’s Easter Cutouts
Makes about 3 dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix until just combined. Add flour and baking powder in intervals. Dough will seem as if doesn't have enough moisture but continue to mix with mixer until combined (it will come together when chilled). Divide the dough into four equal parts, shape into four disks, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate about an hour or until firm. Preheat oven to 375 F.  Roll out dough on floured surface, about 1/4 inch thick for crispier cookies and 1/3 inch thick for softer cookies. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets. (Feel free to eat scraps of some raw dough to, ya know, ‘taste test’.  Bake for 7-8 minutes or until edges just start to turn a golden color. For softer cookies, do not allow the cookies to take on color. Remove from oven, let cool for one minute and then transfer to wire rack. Allow cookie sheet to cool thoroughly before placing uncooked dough on it.
Decorate cookies with icing (a paste of water, almond flavoring and confectioner’s sugar) and sprinkles!

holy yum!!  Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go test the final products… make sure it’s safe to serve, of course!!

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