I did a little bit of baking just before Christmas despite the heat of the kitchen.These biscuits were inspired by a Pin on Pinterest but a complete experiment. They were so easy and visually pretty (although the photos do them no justice). I would love to make pastel colours for Easter, pink ones for Valentine's day just for fun for the house.
this recipe yields about 150 cookies so it's economical for gifts or a house with lots of visitors)
250g butter at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 cups flour
2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Food colouring - preferably gel
Cream butter, sugar and eggs together. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together. Combine the dry ingredients with the egg mixture to a reasonably soft dough. Divide the dough in two (or more if you want more colours). Add the gel food colour (the gel keeps the bright colour and doesn't influence the consistency of the dough) to the dough you want to colour, until the desired colour is reached.
Cover the dough and rest for 30 minutes (or longer if you want)Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius. Lightly grease baking trays.
Sprinkle flour on a clean dry surface.
Roll out one colour of dough. Try to keep it in a neat square.
Roll out the second colour to the exact same size.
Brush the first square with a bit of milk. Place the second square on top of the first square. Now roll the big square into a roll. Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into thin cookies. You can reshape them to stay round (I was happy with my oval shape)
Place on a baking sheet. You can brush a sugar and egg mixture if you want sweeter cookies.
Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 8 - 10 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.
The next batch I make I want to try rainbow cookies!