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Sunshine Cookies

My Grandma from Ohio visits Mackenzie and I in Florida about twice a year. Just Grandma and I have a very fun tradition that makes her every trip special: Sunshine Cookies. We make Sunshine Cookies because since I was born in Florida, she calls me her “Sunshine Girl”. Florida is known for the bright sunny days that the sun gives us. Our family goes to the beach a lot, so we have to be careful not to get too much sun on us, or else that will lead to a sunburn. Ouch! We decorate the cookies as sunshines, and we are definitely not afraid to decorate the cookies crazy, too! I would like to share with you how to make them so that you can enjoy them!  This is a recipe for HOMEMADE sugar cookies, but you could also just buy the ready made kind at the store to decorate!  Enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 tablespoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of unsalted and softened butter

1 cup of sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon powdered sugar to roll out the dough

DIRECTIONS:

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Leave that alone for a sec and start on adding butter and sugar into a large bowl of electric stand mixer, and it beat until it is a light color. Add egg and milk and combine it by beating it together. Put the mixer on slow speed, slowly add the flour, and beat until mixture has pulled away and is not sticking to the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in wax paper, and put in refrigerator for about two hours.

PREHEAT OVEN 375˚ F

Sprinkle powdered sugar over the dough. Then you can remove one wrapped pack of dough from the refrigerator, but do it carefully! Then sprinkle the rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out the dough until it’s been placed to 1/4 inch thick. To make sure the dough isn’t sticking, make sure you constantly check underneath and move the dough around. If the dough has been warmed during the rolling, then for ten minutes let a cold cookie sheet on top of the dough to let it chill. Cut into whatever shape you would like as long as the cookies are 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Feel free to do many types of shapes. Bake for at least 7 minutes, but no more than 9. If the cookies are turning brown around the edges, rotate cookie sheets halfway through baking time. Let cookies sit on baking sheet to cool when removing the cookies from the oven.

YAY!

Your cookies are done. Decorate your sunshine cookies however  you want.

-Payton

 

 

Sisters of Soul!

Mackenzie and I are so excited that summer is here! One of the things I did this summer was perform our musical talents at Baytowne Wharf on stage.

We’ve decided to make a band called Sisters of Soul, and Kenzie played her guitar and we both sang. Music has always been one of our passions and we are taking it further and further everyday by performing in front of people and writing our own songs. Music is a great way of expressing your feelings, being yourself, and a chance to be creative with it in your own way, no matter who you are!

Follow your passion no matter what it may be!

-Payton

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