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Christmas has come and gone and I feel like I just didn’t get my “fix” of traditional sugar cookies! I came across these adorable Letter & Number Cookie cutters and instantly new it was just meant to be! haha.
But seriously, Griffin (my 4 year old) is struggling with learning his letters especially. I didn’t really think much of it until Calvin (my 2 year old) is almost able to tell me more letters than Griffin! Yikes! I mean I know he’s smart and he’ll get it with time, but hey if there’s an excuse to make cookies in the shape of letters for “learning purposes” — I’m gonna do it. 😉
We had so much fun with these though. As we were making them I was thinking how cute would these be for Birthday parties! Each kid could get to decorate their own name or even just initials. I am definitely going to have to remake these for future Birthday parties.
The number cookie cutters were every bit as cute! They were the perfect little size for toddlers too! The letter cutters are nice and big (perfect size for mommy’s and daddy’s to et ;).
These lettter & number cookies really did help review the alphabet perfectly though – and actually kept their attention!
I mean come on, they’re cookies – I know I pay attention to whoever has cookies in hand ;).
From cutting the cookies out, to placing them in the correct order to spell their names, to personalizing and decorating them there are multiple steps in the cookie making process where your kiddos have exposure to the letters in order to really help them learn them!
I also utilized the most simple and perfectly delicious NO CHILL sugar cookie recipe for these! So there literally is no planning involved – decide you want to make the cookies and bam do it! Don’t need to spend 1/2 the day waiting for your dough to chill. 😉 And trust me they are absolutely delicious and keep their shape perfectly!
I bought these at Pat Catan’s for $16…. I wanted to share them with you guys, and I found them on Amazon for $7.79!! I totally got ripped off! haha. These are nice sturdy cutters though, for basically nothing! I love a good deal when I find it.
The Perfect Sugar Cookie
Recipe from In Katrina’s Kitchen. Absolutely perfect sugar cookie, every time.
- 1 cup butter unsalted, I softened my butter to room temp
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter and sugar until smooth, at least 3 minutes.
Beat in the extracts and egg.
In a separate bowl combine baking powder and salt with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
- You can use salted butter (just out the 1/2 teaspoon salt). In the past I’ve omitted the salt and the recipe is fine. It is more bland but these cookies are made for frosting.
- If you must chill the dough just leave it on the counter top for 10 minutes before rolling or work the dough with your hands for a few minutes.
- You can omit the almond extract if you do not have it available, however the taste is really fantastic with the hint of almond.
- Keep in mind that the recipe yield will vary according to how thick you roll your cookies and how large or small your cutters are.
- Bake for 6 minutes to test. They should be soft. Leave them on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cool completely. If you reach 7-8 minutes and the edges turn brown your cookie will be crisper.
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