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Purim Party Rainbow Cookies

Makes 30-45 cookies, depending on size and thickness. Pack in little cello bags or pretty cookie bags, as a gift or take-home party treat.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup shortening or unsalted butter*
3/4 cup unsalted butter*
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Davis Baking Powder
2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
3/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2, approximately, all purpose flour
3-4 food color tints
Finishing Touches
2 egg whites, whisked
Colored sprinkles or chocolate jimmies or coarse sugar

Instructions:

Cream the butter and shortening with the sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Fold the Davis Baking Powder, flour and salt, while drizzling in the cream. Mix to get a firm dough. Divide dough into four portions and place each in a bowl or on a parchment paper on the counter. Knead some food coloring into each one, tinting them red, purple, yellow, pink -or as per your taste.

Wrap each portion and chill 15 minutes.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.

Roll out each portion of dough on a lightly floured parchment paper sheet to about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush one portion with egg white and then peel off the paper of another color portion of dough and stack it on the one on the board. Repeat, to stack up all four colors/dough portions. Using parchment paper underneath as a rolling aid, roll up the dough into a log. Wrap well and chill 15 minutes.

Cut the log into 1/2-inch circles (less for thinner crisp cookies, 1/2-inch or a bit more for dense, chewy-centered ones). Cut each cookie (which is round) in half to make a rainbow shape. Transfer cookies to prepared baking sheet. Dust with sugar if desired.

Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 15-18 minutes. Cool on a rack.

*May use 1 cup of butter instead of butter and shortening combination. 

Comments:

Purim Party Rainbow CookiesThese cookies are fancifully colourful - just perfect for shalot manot baskets or to serve at your Purim party. Kids are naturally attracted to the pastel colors in the sugar cookie dough.