I’m super excited to have one handmade gift checked off my list – these super cute Fabric Alphabet Letters!
I’m super excited to be part of the Riley Blake Stitch ‘n Kitchen Christmas Blog Tour blog tour fun – full of awesome holiday decor and gift giving ideas, as well as favorite holiday recipes for projects.
And I’ve got the tutorial for these simple Fabric Alphabet Letters to show you how to make them. My nephew is just a few months old, the age where they don’t “need” anything, so I thought these letters would be fun and enjoyed for years to come. His preschool sister I’m sure will love to sort letters, spell simple words, etc.
Today I’m pairing this fun kids project with a fun kids cookie – my all-time favorite iced cookies!
First, the dough – – the recipe is called “plain cookies” , so they’re not really a sugar cookie, just a plain cookie – they’re perfect. Soft and perfect.
1/2 C shortening
1 C Sugar
1/4 C milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
3 C flour
Cream together (that means mix well til creamy) the shortening and sugar. Add milk, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and mix well. Add flour and mix. Refridgerate dough for 2-3 hours – this is important, otherwise the dough is too sticky. Then roll out to approx 1/4 inch thick (put flour on your countertop so the dough doesn’t stick), cut shapes, Bake 350 for 8-10 minutes.
I will let you in on a secret – – cut circle shapes. I know trees and bells and candy canes are fun to cut, but they make icing the cookies more complicated. Circles are perfect – you can still make them festive with colored icing or sprinkles.
Let them cool completely before you put on icing so it won’t melt and slide off.
Now, on to the icing. Icing isn’t icing without almond extract…mmmm.
1/4 C butter
3 tbsp shortening
1 tsp almond extract (I love getting of whiff of this stuff!)
1 lb powder sugar (1/2 bag)
Approx 4 tbsp milk
Food Coloring, if desired
If you need more details on the cookies (and bonus, it includes a how-to-easily-frost-a-cookie video), check those pics out at the Best Iced Cookies post.