Crafty Cookies: Watermelon Sugar Cookies

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I know it’s not ‘crafts’ specifically, but as the title says, they are crafty cookies (and I couldn’t resist showing you them!) Thanks to Megan from Megan’s Cookin’ for this great idea.

Prep time: 2 hours (this includes chilling the dough)
Cooking time: 10 mins max each tray

Ingredients:

  • 3 3/4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 cup softened butter, cut into 1/2 tablespoon slices

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  • 10 drops red food coloring (you want it really red)

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1 cup milk chocolate drops

  • Green sanding sugar

1. In a bowl, add butter slices, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, and red food coloring.
2. Beat until incorporated. Note: if you’re using an electric mixer, don’t worry about softening the butter, and beat on medium speed.
3. Gradually add baking powder, and flour. Mix (on low if using electric mixer) until incorporated. Tip:Once it started getting thick, I got my hands in there to mix the dough, was much easier.
4. Remove dough from bowl and separate into two batches. Roll out (less than 1cm thick) onto baking paper and stack in the fridge for 1 hour. Remember to keep your rolling pin floured, so sticking and breaking does not occur in the dough.
5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Remove one batch of dough from the fridge.
6. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter, and use a knife to cut each circle in half.
7. Place on the baking tray, and push the milk chocolate drops in each one.
8. Bake for 8-10 minutes in the middle of the oven. You only want them slightly brown and puffed.
9. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely.
10. Melt white chocolate in microwave for 45 seconds, stir throughout to make sure it doesn’t start burning.
11. Roll the round end of the cookie in the melted chocolate, then dip and roll into the sanding sugar.
12. Enjoy, and eat them all!

Christine Stucki