It was Friday night, my husband was out of town and the 2-year-old and I were just hanging around. You know what that means.
Time to bake cookies!
Now a 2-year-old is just a little young to help do a lot of measuring and mixing. Unless, of course, you enjoy flour on every imaginable surface (which happened anyway after I gave him a measuring cup full of flour to play with).
So I wanted something easy to make, but something he could easily help with.
I found this recipe in an “easy cookie” cookbook and thought they were perfect. Except for they were called “peppermint pigs” and called for the addition of peppermint extract to the dough. I thought that sounded gross, so I decided just to stick to “pink pigs.”
The dough part of this recipe is easy peasy – just refrigerated sugar cookie dough that you let soften for about 15 minutes before starting. Add a bit of flour, some red food coloring and you’re ready to roll. Literally. You’ve got to roll the dough into faces and snouts.
Now I’m probably the most uncoordinated person out there. If it comes to fine details, I am not who you’d turn to. So while my pigs aren’t perfect – their faces aren’t quite round, some of their snouts are rather large and their ears are totally lopsided – they are easily identifiable as piggies.
After I rolled out the faces, I let my pint-sized helper use the lollipop stick to make nostrils. They mostly looked like someone shot them in the face with a shotgun, so I reserved a few so I could take pictures and post them on the blog.
One they were out of the oven and cooled, I put some frosting on the back of M&Ms (had to use full size – do they make mini M&Ms anymore???) and my little helper pasted them on the faces.
What perfectly precious piggies! Make them for National Pig Day – which is March 1, just in case you didn’t know.
Recipe: Pink piggie cookies
Adapted from recipes.howstuffworks.com
- 1 package (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Red food coloring, about 16-20 drops
- Prepared white icing and M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Let dough stand at room temperature about 15 minutes.
- Combine dough, flour and food coloring in large bowl; beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended and evenly colored. Divide dough into 20 equal pieces. For each pig, shape one dough piece into one 1-inch ball, one 1/2-inch ball and two 1/4-inch balls. Flatten 1-inch ball to 1/4-inch-thick round; place on prepared cookie sheet. Flatten 1/2-inch ball to 1/4-inch-thick oval; place on top of dough round for snout. Shape two 1/4-inch balls into triangles; fold point over and place at top of round for ears. Make indentations in snout for nostrils with toothpick.
- Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Use white icing and M&Ms to make eyes.
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