The dough is soft, so it’s essential that it be chilled after you’ve cut a few cookies. I find that working with just a few alphabet shapes at a time and chilling the dough periodically works very well, rather than trying to print out the letters of a very long word all at once.
1-½ c. all-purpose flour
⅛ tsp. salt
½ c. butter or margarine, softened
¾ c. granulated sugar
1-½ tsp. vanilla extract, preferably white
|Combine all ingredients, adding flour mixture just at the end.|
|Flatten dough with palm of hand. Wrap and refrigerate.|
|Roll well-chilled dough to ⅛-in. thickness|
|Unbaked alphabet letters.|
|Baked alphabet letters. My oven has a hot spots - nothing|
liberal application of Decorator’s Frosting can’t hide!
1-½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1-½ tsp. light corn syrup
Water, as needed
Gel food coloring/s, if desired
Decorative candy sprinkles, as needed
Gel food “writers”, if desired
Refrigerate cookies until frosting has fully hardened, at least 1 hr. Store between sheets of waxed or parchment paper in airtight container at room temperature. Frosting can be made and covered up to 3 days ahead.
Note: You’ll find a second version of Decorator’s Frosting in the Index.
|Sift icing sugar for lump-free frosting|
|Four basic colors … Plenty of combinations!|
|Add color to sugar, combining throughly ...|
|… Until frosting is shiny and smooth|
|If you find baking sprinkles fun, add them!|
|What you do is up to you!|
|The medium is the message … In this case, cookie dough!|
|Be sure to make extra … These won’t last!|