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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Button Cookies

What would a LalaLoopsy Party be without lots and lots of
B U T T O N S!
The button cookies were a big hit at the party (of course the Lee kids loved them the 
most because they put in lots of effort to make them just right!).

To make you will need:
Basic sugar cookie recipe
Food coloring
Water bottle top
Coffee stirrer

Split the dough and add food coloring.
Miller helped me get the dough just the right colors.  We folded the colors in with our hands.  And, it takes a lot of food coloring to get the bright colors.

Then start the slightly tedious process of rolling the dough into balls and placing them on the cookie sheets.
 I think they are so cute smaller.  This is the size I did, but it is up to you.
After the dough is arranged on the cookie sheet, slightly flatten the dough with the water bottle top.

 I would cook no more than 12 to 15 (max) at a time..
To be able to turn the cookies into buttons, you will need to undercook the cookies slightly.  My recipe called for cooking the cookies for 8 to 9 minutes and I found that 5 minutes was the perfect time to get the cookies cooked enough, yet leave them soft enough to make into BUTTONS :)

 Immediately after taking the cookies out of the oven poke 4 holes in the cookies with a coffee stirrer.
 Then use the water bottle top to make a slight indentation in the cookie.
I would only bake one batch at a time because you do have to work pretty fast before the cookies set.

But the end result is soooo worth it!!!!

My sugar cookie recipe:

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375
1.  Stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder.  Set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.

(This recipe makes perfect rolled sugar cookies.  Roll out dough on floured surface and use cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes.  This is the dough we used to make our cookies for Santa and then I froze the rest of the dough for the party.)

3.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden (for the buttons I baked 5 minutes)

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