The Freshman Cook: Back to School Cookies/#SundaySupper

Today we are celebrating “Back to School” at #SundaySupper, so I made Back to School Cookies! I love making decorated cookies and I like to give them as gifts for special occasions, birthdays and holidays. These cookies make a tasty after school treat for the first day of school!   Back to School Cookies

5 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoon Almond Extract


6 ounces Warm Water
5 tablespoon Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner’s Sugar  I have used this cookie recipe for many years. I love it, and you will too. You can find the original recipe at Kitchen  I have changed the amount of flour from the original recipe of 6 cups of flour to 5 cups. It works better for me. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and extract, and mix well. Add your dry ingredients, a little at a time, to the butter mixture. Mix until flour is incorporated and the dough comes together. 

The dough needs to be chilled. This is a great idea, so you can cut your cookies sooner, than later. Place a spatula full of dough on a piece of parchment paper.

Cover the dough with the other half of the parchment paper. Roll the dough out by rolling over the parchment paper. I roll mine to 1/4″ thickness. Do this on more pieces of parchment until all the dough is rolled out. Place all the parchment covered dough pieces on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the dough is chilled.
 To cut out your cookies, take the dough out one sheet at a time. Cut out your cookies, place them on a baking sheet, and bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool. Re roll the dough and place in the fridge to chill again.
Make your icing by pouring the warm water into a large bowl. Add the meringue powder. Whisk the two together until it is frothy and thickened,about 30 seconds. Add the cream of tartar and whisk 30 seconds more. Pour all the confectioner’s sugar in to the bowl. Mix on low speed for 10 minutes. The icing should be thick and creamy. This icing dries very quickly, so keep it covered as much as you can. Tint the icing as you would like. As I tint the icing, I put each color in a small tupperware container to keep it fresh.

 Decorate as you like!

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