May 7th — 11th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Give your child’s teacher some well-deserved recognition with a touch of sweetness and this fun kids cookie recipe! Your kiddo will love helping you in the kitchen and definitely earn some major brownie (eh-hem, cookie) points!
Assemble this edible jigsaw puzzle with two baking tricks. One, add flour to ready-made dough for durability, and two, partially bake the dough before using the cookie cutters, to help the pieces keep their shape. Cut into the shape of an apple to show your teacher you care!
- 16-1/2-ounce tube of sugar cookie dough (we used Pillsbury)
- 1 cup white frosting
- Food coloring (we used Betty Crocker Classic Gel Food Colors)
To make the puzzle:
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a rimless baking sheet with parchment paper.
- On a floured surface, knead 1/3 cup flour into a 16-1/2-ounce tube of sugar cookie dough.
- Reserve half for later use. Roll the dough on a floured surface to a 1/4-inch thickness, then cut it into three 4-inch squares.
- Place the squares on the baking sheet and chill them in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
- Remove the sheet and immediately slide the parchment paper onto a counter or cutting board.
- Push the cookie cutters into the dough (warning: It will be hot!); be sure to cut all the way through.
- Slide the paper back onto the sheet and bake 2 more minutes.
- Let the cookies cool.
To frost: Thin a cup of white frosting with a small amount of water until it’s the consistency of honey. Divide it into small bowls and stir in food coloring (we used Betty Crocker Classic Gel Food Colors) with a toothpick. Frost the cookies with a paintbrush.
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