For the past few weeks, my little helper and I have been on a baking streak. And let me tell you, working with a 4 year old is so enjoyable but double the work! I laughed with my sister the other day and confessed that it sometimes felt like I was working alongside my 73 year old grandmother. We've had mostly hits and a few misses here and there, and I'd like to think this one is a hit. I used a recipe for Lemon Sugar Cookies and although the dough seems a little too sticky for my taste, it's pretty easy to whip up and use as long as the dough is super chilled and you have plenty of extra flour for your table and rolling pin.
I think the next time I make this I'll add an extra 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sugar to the actual dough. I'm thinking that will solve the sticky dough issue? I'm not really an expert at rolled cookies though so if any of you are wiser and have a better solution please post it in the comments for all of us amateurs out there.
Can you tell which cookies BB helped me out with? I love how the decorations are totally clustered in the middle. And yes, we used Easter decorations but that's all we happened to have on hand so it worked in a pinch.
And here's the present my little helper left me with ... a tiny nibble on one of the heart cookies. And that is the extent of her sweet tooth. After that bite she put the cookie back and sweetly asked, "can I have an apple?".
Here's the recipe if you'd like to make some yummy Lemon Sugar Cookies (via). Enjoy!:
Lemon Sugar Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
BEAT butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla; mix until smooth.
COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in separate bowl. Add to butter mixture; mix well. Divide dough into 3 balls. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate at least 4 hours.
HEAT oven to 350°F. Roll each ball on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into desired shapes.
BAKE 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Garnish with Lemon Drizzle, if desired.
COMBINE powdered sugar, water and lemon juice; mix well. Drizzle over cooled cookies.