Easter Love

Pretty butterflies, jumping rabbits, the Easter eggs and quacking ducks... do you see them?

In my mixer (using the paddle) I creamed together 1 1/2 cup of butter and 2 cups of granulated white sugar until it was smooth and fluffy. Then I added four whole eggs, one at a time. Then the vanilla (about 1 tsp). Next, I slowly added the 5 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 tsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp salt (For a better result, you should mix the flour, baking soda and salt together and sift). Make sure the batter is mixed well, but don't beat to much. I laid out a large piece of Saran wrap, placed the cookie dough in the center and covered and I chilled it in my cooler for 1 hour. You want to make sure the dough is cool, because it contains butter. When the dough is being heated, the butter gives off steam and allows the dough to rise a little. if the butter is melted it's not goin' to work to well and you may have flat cookies. With the butter thing, same thing goes for pie doughs and biscuits...mmmm. Oh yeah, and most importantly puff pastry dough.

After my cookie dough cooled off, I placed it on a sugared flat surface and rolled out to between a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Take your lovely cookie cutter and cute your shapes out. I really wouldn't suggest reforming the dough into a ball to roll out again, the dough is very fragile because it has butter which melts face compared to it being made with shortening (which in my book doesn't really taste as good as real butter).

Then place the cookies on a nonstick cookie sheet pan or or use a silpat and sprinkle greatly with course sugar, if you can find different colors would be great.

Now you have to make sure your oven is preheated to 400 degrees. These cookies don't take at all a long time to cook. Plus keep a close eye, i would give these cookies an average of 6 minutes.

Let the kids have fun in decorating the cookies with at least two different colored icing. 

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