This months Unplugged Project at Unplug Your Kids (and yes, it's a monthly project theme now, instead of weekly), is Spiral, so I thought I'd share the spiral rose cookies we made for our remembrance tea. They'd work nicely for a Valentine's, or Mother's Day tea, too.
We were inspired to make these cookies from the beautiful Martha Stewart inspired, paper, spiral roses we saw here.
To make our cookies, we started with a half batch of sugar cookie dough, tinted pink, and flavored with 2 tablespoons of strawberry extract, in place of the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract usually called for. It's a pity the Unplugged theme wasn't sugar cookies - we'd have a hundred posts to link!
After we had rolled the dough out, on a floured surface, we used a butter knife to cut a square for a guide, and then a spiral. Once we had the hang of the spiral, we stopped cutting the square first, and just went straight to the spiral. We also found it was easier to make short, choppy cuts with the knife, rather than trying to drag the knife through the dough.
Then, just as for the paper rose, I linked above, we rolled the spiral up, from the outside edge, in to the middle.
These cookies baked for about 15 minutes, at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
We tried adding some sugar sprinkles to a couple, after they came out of the oven, but we didn't care for the effect, so we left the rest plain, and saved the sugar sprinkles for a more traditional spiral cookie we were making at the same time, with the other half of the dough, that we'd added 1/4 cup of baker's cocoa to.
We actually made quite a few different cookies out of our batch of dough, including some chocolate roses.
You can't really have just one type of cookie for tea!
It's great to be a homeschooler.