Classsroom Project - Coloring Book Sugar Cookies
Recipes for the Classroom

Coloring-Book Sugar Cookies

Seventh graders invite older or younger guests to help paint the cookies. Several “works of art” may be selected and displayed. Others may be eaten or donated.

Makes 4 dozen.

Ingredients

1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 gallon-sized food storage bag
Cooking spray
Food coloring
Method

DAY 1 – PREPARE COOKIE DOUGH

In large mixing bowl at medium speed on the electric mixer, beat together the shortening, butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly blended. In separate medium-sized bowl, measure the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir together with a wire whisk until well combined. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture. Beat on low speed until well-blended. Evenly coat the inside of the food storage bag with the cooking spray. Place the dough in the bag and squeeze out the air. Close the bag with  twist tie. Refrigerate overnight.

DAY 2 – BAKE THE COOKIES

Preheat oven to 400° F. With your hands, roll the dough into balls about the size of walnuts. Place the balls evenly spaced apart on ungreased baking sheets. With a floured cookie stamp, flatten the cookies to 1/8 inch. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Watch closely so cookies do not over brown. Remove from sheets. Cool on a rack.

DAY 3 – BEGIN THE ART

Use half the cookies. Put 1/2 teaspoon water in 6 cups of a muffin tin. Add 2 drops of a different color food coloring to each cup. Stir each color with  different toothpick. For fun, make your own colors. For example, use 1 drop red and 1 drop blue to make purple, or use 1 drop yellow and 1 drop red to make orange, or use 1 drop yellow and 1 drop blue to make green. Paint designs on cookies using a different paintbrush for each color.

DAY 4 – CONTINUE THE COOKIE ART WITH GUESTS ON ART DAY

Y    Invite a younger class or preschool students to paint the rest of the cookies as your guests.
Y    Recognize several works of art. Display them in the school, local library, or businesses.

Here are some other ideas:
Y    Serve your guests refreshments for Art Day of some of the cookies the students decorated the day before; or
Y    Freeze all the cookies to serve later at a scheduled school event; or
Y    Have the students write notes and package the cookies to ship overseas to our troops; or
Y    Donate the cookies to the elderly residents of nursing homes in the community.
Y    If it's the holidays, arrange a field trip and have the kids sing a holiday song when they deliver the cookies.

Nutrition information:
One of 48 cookies (0.5 oz each) provides:
72 calories; 3 g total fat (1.2 g saturated fat); 12 mg cholesterol; 52 mg sodium; 7 mg potassium; 9 g carbohydrate (4 g sugar); 1 g protein; and 0.2 g dietary fiber.


3/23/02 adapted from the Home Baking Association,  www.homebaking.org/foreducators/dropsugar.html (Page not found - this recipe is not on website’s list)