Sunday, August 28, 2011
YOU'RE A GOOD CATCH!
There is still time to bake a batch of these alluring cookies before Labor Day!
Simple patterns and food coloring transform my blackberry-flavored cookies into bright "fishing lures." A plain sack and float makes a captivating carrier for the colorful treats if you wish to present these as a gift.
What a creative way to say "I'm hooked on you!"
FISHING LURE COOKIES
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 teas[ppm vanilla xtract
1 cup blackberry jam
6 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups water
Red, green, yellow, purple, orange, blue, and black paste food coloring.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream first four ingredients until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in jam. In another large bowl, sift together flour and salt. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; knead until a soft dough forms..
Copy and paste fishing lure patterns (follows.) On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Place patterns on dough and use a sharp knife to cut out cookies. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Pour 1/2 cup water in each of 6 small bowls. Add a small amount of red food coloring to 1 bowl; stir until dissolved. Repeat for all colors except black. To decorate cookies, use a small round paintbrush to lightly brush diluted food coloring onto cookies to resmble fishing lures. Referring to the photo, use a small round paintbrush and undiluted black food coloring to paint eyes on cookies. Allow to dry. Store in an airtight container.
Yield: about 6 dozen cookies.