This is a fun way to mike some nice bite sized snacks for a party. I’ve never liked going to a party or gathering where there are snack foods yet the snack foods seem to be large cookies, brownies, cakes, and practically full meals. These little guys would be great for people to snack on and festive as well. There is nothing too special about them aside from the colors and looking like candy corn. I didn’t have all of the options around me (But when do I ever?) so I didn’t add anything like colored sugar or sprinkles to add to the look.
I also didn’t realize I didn’t have orange food coloring until the last minute. So the orange part came out a little brown looking. I was able to use some crushed raspberries, yellow food dye, and paprika to make it somewhat orange. No, you can not taste the raspberries OR the paprika at all. So here it is!
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color.
Add egg and milk and beat to combine.
Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Here is the fun part: Divide the dough into three equal parts. Add orange food dye to one part, yellow to another, and leave the last one without color. Mix thoroughly.
Line a 9″x13″ loaf pan with plastic wrap. Foil works too but leaves more wrinkles in the dough. put the uncolored dough into the bottom of the pan and smooth over the top. Then layer in the orange followed by the yellow. Be gentle with all the layers so that you don’t mix them and always try to keep the top as flat and smooth as possible.
Set it in the fridge or freezer until it is firm. It took me about an hour in the freezer and the fridge can take up to 4 hours.
Preheat the over to 375F. Once it is firm pull the loaf out of the pan and slice it into 1/4″ thick slices and then cut triangles out of them.
Place the slices on a pan and bake for 5-8 minutes. These don’t spread so you don’t need to have them too far apart.
Put onto a cooling rack and they are ready to serve within a few minutes.
Credit for ideas and recipes go out to: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/sugar-cookies-recipe/index.html