Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Watermelon Cookies - Pt 1

Summer is quickly waning.  Where did the time go?  My kids will start school soon.  Some places have already started.  I don't know about you but I'm not ready to give summer up just yet.  I still need to make these festive little cookies.  
This recipe has been in my files for the longest time.  I found it in an old magazine that my neighbor gave to me in Texas.  The idea of a decorated cookie with no icing really appealed to me.  Not that I have anything against icing, God forbid!  Just the idea of making the cookie so decorative without the icing seemed very interesting.  I'm finally getting around to making them.

Start by creaming together 3/4 cup of butter and 3/4 cup of sugar.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.  I love almond extract.
Mix in one egg.
Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt.  I don't have a 1/8 measuring spoon so I eyeballed one half of the 1/4...close enough.

Also add 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder...
and 2 cups of all-purpose flour.
When the dough is all mixed(be careful not to over mix, it could make the cookies tough.), take out 2/3 cup of the dough and wrap in plastic.  Chill this in the fridge.
Take 1/3 cup of the dough and mix it with some green food color.  I used Wilton's leaf green gel color.

Wrap this up in plastic too and chill it in the fridge.

Add some red food coloring to the remaining cookie dough to tint it watermelon color.  I am out of red gel color so I used regular red food dye. 

Wrap this dough up in plastic and shape it like a cylinder.  You want it to be about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.