Spring Sugar Cookies
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix together the flour and baking soda. My daughter loves to help bake, and mixing the dry ingredients is an easy, kid friendly step.
Cream butter, then add sugar and cream again. Add the eggs and vanilla, and combine thoroughly. Stir in the dry ingredients, mixing until just about all the flour is incorporated. Divide the dough, depending on the number of colors you want to do. Add the food coloring, and mix with your hands. Don't worry, the food coloring will wash off. Place each color in a separate plastic bag, and refrigerate for at least a couple hours. I've left this dough in my fridge for about a week, and it is just as good.
My sister-in-law had the idea of doing the rainbows. To make them you take a small amount of dough (about 1 teaspoon) and roll into a snake. Repeat with 3 other colors, and place them together, bending them slightly to make an arc. The colors melt together slightly when they bake.
For the carrots, you roll about one half tablespoon of dough into a snake, about 4 inches long. Roll about 1 teaspoon of green into a long snack, and fold in half. Place the green dough at the top of the orange dough, and gently press it into the orange. Then gently press the orange dough until it is about a quarter inch thick. The carrots spread out when they cook.
For the flowers, I rolled out the dough to about a eight inch, and then cut with a flower cutter. You could make them a little thicker, and they would be softer. Mine came out nice and crispy.
For all the cookies, bake at 375 for about 9 minutes. Immediately transfer them to cooling racks. Enjoy!