It’s no secret that kids love sweets. So if you can find a way to combine them with something educational, you have a grand opportunity to teach and reinforce skills that your child needs to learn. Alphabet cookies are a great example of how to accomplish this. And they also make fun place cards for kids’ birthday parties – just make them in the shape of the first letter of each child’s first name, and place them on a napkin with the rest of the name written out beside them.
What You Need
* 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour (unsifted)
* 1 ½ cups butter
* 3 hard-boiled egg yolks
* 3 raw egg yolks
* ¾ cup sugar
* 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Put the flour into a large bowl. Cut butter into small pieces, add to flour, and mix it with your hands until fine crumbs are formed.
3. In a smaller bowl, mash the hard-boiled egg yolks with the sugar. Stir into the flour mixture.
4. In the small bowl, mix the raw egg yolks and the vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture, using a fork.
5. Press the mixture into a firm ball, then roll out with a rolling pin.
6. Cut the dough into 3- to 4-inch strips. Roll them to make rope shapes.
7. Shape the ropes into letters, and press down to flatten a bit. When you’re done, they should be about ¼ inch thick.
8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. They’re done when they start to turn brown on the bottom.
9. Leave on baking sheet for a few minutes, then move to a rack and cool completely.
* If you want more colorful cookies, separate the dough into three or four sections after mixing in the egg yolks and vanilla and add a different color of food coloring to each section. Stir just until the color is even.
* You can also spruce these cookies up by adding some colored sugar or chocolate chips after shaping the letters.
* If you’d like to spice your cookies up a bit, add half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the recipe. Or, for a slightly different flavor, add a teaspoon of almond or lemon extract.
* If you prefer, you can use letter-shaped cookie cutters instead of shaping the letters by hand.
* Once the cookies are cooled, you could add some colorful icing and/or sprinkles.
* This is a great recipe to make with your kids. They can assist with the measuring and mixing and help shape the letters. This provides an opportunity for both bonding and learning.
* The dough may be covered and refrigerated overnight if needed.
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