Sunday was a busy baking day for me. Next weekend I am going to be exchanging cookies with Mary, so I need to have three different kinds of cookies baked.
The first thing I did was make the dough for the Amish Sugar Cookies.
Here it is ready to go into the fridge. It has to chill for a few hours before it can be made into cookies. The dough is then made into balls, rolled in sugar, and flattened on the cookie sheet. I wanted them to be a bit festive, so I made my own colored sugar!
All I did was take about a third cup of granulated sugar, put it in a jar, dropped a few drops of food coloring on top, closed it up, and shook the jar. It turned out pretty good. There were a few spots that were darker, where the food coloring slightly clumped up, but it wasn't bad at all and I didn't have to run out and get colored sugar (and pay for it!). I will make my own colored sugar again in the future!
The sugar cookie recipe makes over 6 dozen cookies, so one batch was plenty.
The other cookies that I baked yesterday were walnut cookies. They were a shortbread cookie with ground up walnuts in them, then rolled in sugar. The original recipe had them rolled in granulated sugar, but the cookies I remember were rolled in powdered sugar, so that was what I did. The recipe only made two dozen cookies, so I made two batches.
I have one more batch of cookies to make for the swap. I think I will make oatmeal raisin cookies. They are a good old stand by that a lot of people like.