I have to tell you a secret … Three years ago, a very special man appeared in my life (ok, there were two, but we’ll talk about the second one another time). A little creature that woke up the entire family. The best thing that ever came from my brother – his son :)
Our small miracle is celebrating his third birthday these days. Well, what kind of an aunt wold I be if I did not prepare something sweet for the kids party? If it happens to be colorful and in the shape of a car toy (okay, that I did not previously think of …), the better. I made a couple of colorful sweets and I will post all the recipes one by one.
I spent a few days trying to come up with a prefect dough for these cookies – one that does not break when you manipulate it, which is doesn’t brown and does not crack when baking, which doesn’t rise too much – and is delicious, of course! This is a dough made with cream cheese and is very soft, but be careful cause it needs to be very well chilled – otherwise it will break. I used powdered coloring cause I was confident that it will not spoil the consistency of the dough. Make sure you only use a little since they are very intense – and cookies for three year old children are a little nicer if pastel – you know, he is still just a baby :) Happy birthday, our little one :*
- 150 g flour + more for sprinkling
- 100 g of butter
- 50 g of cream cheese
- 70 g sugar
- 1 egg
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- powdered food coloring
- In a bowl, mix cheese and butter until creamy. Then add the sugar, mix well, add salt, eggs and vanilla extract. Mix for about 2 minutes, then add flour.
- The dough bill be very soft, place it on a floured surface and knead it just a bit - then roll it into a ball.
- At this point you must decide how much dough will be which color. I made 1/3 without color, and the other 2/3 I died with more and less intense red and green.
- Put each piece of dough into a separate bowl, sprinkle with a bit of color and mix well with a fork.
- Place dough pieces on a plate or in a bowl, make sure they do not touch (dough is pretty sticky, and you do not want paint to transfer) and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 170 ° C, and line the baking pan with parchment paper.
- Lightly flour your work surface. Remove the dough from the refrigerator piece by piece, only the pieces with which you are currently working. You can do any shapes you want, I thought these rings were sweet and I'll describe how I made them...
- Take a piece of dough the size of a teaspoon
- Roll it into a cylinder diameter of about 1 cm and the length of about 10 cm
- Take another piece of dough the same size and different color and roll it with your hand so it is twice as long and thin as the previous one
- Connect both cylinders at one end, set he thinner cylinder on the work surface so that it is at an angle of about 60°, and then roll the thicker cylinder so that the thinner gets wrapped spirally around the thicker one
- When you reach the end, remove the excess dough if any, and connect the ends of the circle (that part will be a bit tricky)
- Bake for about 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the dough. Just when they start to brown remove them forom the oven, you do not want to brown. They will still be a bit soft, but when they cool, they'll be perfect.
- Keep them in an airtight container for several days. Beutiful :) Let me know how they turned out!
- You can also create 'marble' biscuits by mixing two or more colors of the batter together making flat round cookies. You can connect stripes of different color, circles... what ever you want:)