March 9th, 2007
Excerpted from Kitchen For Kids by Jennifer Low (Whitecap Books). Copyright by Jennifer Low 2004.
Preheat oven to 325 F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, melt the butter at 50% power in a microwave (about 30 seconds). Cool.
Sift the flour, icing sugar and salt into a bowl and mix. Set aside.
Use a heatproof baking spatula or wooden spoon to stir the corn syrup and vanilla into the melted butter until smooth. Add egg yolk and mix well.
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture. Blend well. Keeping the dough in the bowl, use your hands to knead and squeeze the dough. It might be crumbly at first, but knead until it is smooth.
Lightly dust your work table with flour. Roll pieces of dough into 1/2-inch thick ropes and bend them into letters. Or, to make an Xs and Os game, use a dinner knife to cut the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into an 1/2-thick rope. Make Os by looping the ropes into circles and pinching the ends together. Make Xs by cutting each rope in half, crossing the pieces and pressing down to overlap them. Place the cookies at least 1 inch apart on the lined baking sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges begin to turn golden. Cool completely on the baking sheet before painting with Alphabet Icing.
Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl. Stir in the milk and lemon juice until smooth. Add a few drops more milk to thin, if needed.
Pour into small dishes and tint with food colourings as you wish. To tint a small amount of icing, dip toothpicks into colourings and stir through.
Use a small brush to paint the icing onto the cooled cookies. Let icing dry to harden.