Some of my earliest memories are learning to bake with my father. He first taught me to make yeast rolls when I was four years old. As a toddler, I was so proud to roll out my own little portion of dough. As the years passed, we would make salt water taffy and other goodies. Cooking has always been an integral part of our father/daughter bond. Now I have a four year old son, and we've been baking cookies for about a year. Every Easter, Halloween, and Christmas we make and decorate cookies for teachers, friends and neighbors.
I've perfected this recipe over time. It's a simple first recipe for children, and the consistency of the dough is easy to manage. The sweet citrusy flavor is delicious plain or frosted.
(Approximately 3 dozen)
1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all- purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter and sugar.
Beat vanilla extract, orange extract and egg. Add to the butter and sugar mixture.
Combine the baking powder and flour in a separate bowl. Slowly add to the butter mixture, blending as you go along.
Roll the dough on a floured surface.
Cut with cookie cutters and place on a cookie sheet.
Cover cookies with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for one hour. This will help them maintain their shape during the baking process.
Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before removing from the cookie sheet.