A Not So Triumphant Return

Well - I made it through vacation - without a major disaster happening.  Phew!  The computer is still in the crapper and I suspect that since my husband works on computers all day and it is Thanksgiving this week, there will be no computer repair any time soon.  Therefore, until I can get my Disney pictures uploaded and tell you of my vacation tales, go and make some pie dough cookies with your kids….or your spouse…..or just by yourself.  They are simple….and tasty…and quick.  They also make a really nice addition to Thanksgiving dessert tables or can be used as Thanksgiving place card holders.

I’ve got lots of good stuff coming.  SERIOUSLY.  I PROMISE.  As soon as I’m no longer working on a crappy, at full capacity old-ass laptop.  Bear with me friends and thanks for hanging in there!

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Cookie Decorating Frosting Palette

It has become tradition in our house to make Pie Dough Cookies for Thanksgiving.  They are simple to make and the kids love decorating their turkeys, leaves and pumpkins.  Previous cookie decorating messes have led me to this trick which significantly decreases the mess and clean-up:  I give each child a plate for their cookies.  I give them another plate on which I make piles of various colors of frosting - similar to an artist’s palette.  I then give them brand new paint brushes which they use to dip into the frosting and then smear onto the cookies.  This eliminates wasting frosting and allows for some beautiful colors on the cookies.

Cookie Decorating Frosting Palette

Cookie Decorating Frosting Palette

We then top the frosting with sprinkles and decorator’s sugar.  Though,  I still haven’t quite figured out how to eliminate the waste of sprinkles.  Even the slotted tops can’t stop my boys from dumping out half of the container onto one cookie!

Decorating Thanksgiving Cookies

 And of course with every new idea comes a completely new set of problems - how to keep the frosting utensils out of our mouths before they make it to the cookies!

Caught Eating the Frosting

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Let Them Eat Pie…..Dough!

I apologize for the lack of updates lately, but my husband has been travelling quite extensively for his job and I’ve been living the life of a single mom.  I must give props to ladies who do this all the time.  It is a tough job to do alone.

Yesterday, CheezWaster and I made Pie Dough cookies.  We were inspired by the moose pie topper that we saw done on Noggin (have I mentioned how I love this channel?!).  I’m lazy and absolutely hate rolling out dough (though I’m going to have to make my husband gingerbread people cookies this year before he beats my ass with the special freeze board and rolling pin he bought me THREE years ago!).  I digress….so I bought the refrigerated pre-made pie crusts.  We laid them out and cut out shapes with our cookie cutters, re-rolling the scraps.  We made turkeys, leaves, pumpkins and gingerbread men.  I bought CheezWaster a set of edible markers and he colored up a storm on his cutouts.  Then, we covered them with regular and colored decorator’s sugars and baked them at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes (the pie crust recipe on the box said 10 minutes but that would have been way too long for these).  Much to my surprise, they turned out to be a light and flaky, not too sweet, tasty little treat.  CheezWaster had a blast making these and gobbled up 3 as soon as they were cool enough to eat.  One side note - the decorator’s sugar which is much thicker in texture worked much better than the regular sugar.  The regular sugar caramelized on some (mmm!) but burnt on others (yuck!)

Pie Dough Cookies

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