Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Probably not what Dr. King would have expected

The girls went to daycare yesterday so that Scott could complete some projects around the house while I was at work. If you want to read his adventures in drywall, you can check him out here. I picked them up afterwards, they were thrilled to have spent the day with the worlds most laid back daycare provider. On the way home PDQ said that since it was a holiday we needed to make a special dessert when we got home. I asked what she had in mind, her response--something from my cookbook. Her cookbook would be the Pink Princess Cookbook (complete with flowers dotting those i's). I laughed to myself thinking its probably not how Dr. King would have spent his birthday but she knew it was something to be celebrated.

So, we got out the Pink Princess Cookbook and I told her we could make whatever she wanted as long as we had all of the ingredients. She choose the Totally-Tea-Cake Cookies (again, giggling to myself). We rounded up all the ingredients and set to work on making cookies. (I slipped in whole wheat flour to work on my own whole grain resolutions for the year). As we worked I asked her what she had learned about Dr. King. She thought a moment and said he was just like Pastor Marilyn. I agreed with her, he was a minister and he told lots of people important things. I told her about the back of the bus, separate seating areas, bathrooms and water fountains. The look of disbelief on her face was priceless. She said to me that is silly. I told her I couldn't agree more. So I have to thank Dr. King for providing me with yet another teachable moment for my 3 & 5 year olds--obviously his legacy is one that lasts.

Totally-Tea-Cake Cookies
from the Pink Princess Cookbook by Barbara Beery

1/2 c butter
3/4 c sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla
2 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter in lg mixing bowl. Add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to creamed mixture, blending well. Dough will be very stiff.
Divide dough into thirds. Roll each portion 1/8" thick on lightly floured work area. Cut with assorted cookie cutters. Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheets sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Frost and decorate as desired.

They give a frosting recipe that includes meringue powder. I used powdered sugar, a bit of vanilla and water to the right consistency, we dipped them in and then used sprinkles to decorate.

If I can convince Scott to download the pictures off his camera, I'll share later!


g-man said...

Very cute. The links to my site still don't work. (Click in the address bar and hit return, then it should work)
I have my camera here and have D/L'ed them already. I'll e-mail them to you. :)

Tree said...

Thanks for the recipe. I think Dr. King would approve the manner in which his birthday was celebrated and would appreciate the opportunity to teach.

So, let me get this straight - you dipped the cookies into the icing? Not spread it on top? Was it nice and thin? It sounds like a good idea!

Heather said...

Yes, the icing is very thin, more like a glaze. I used 1 c. of powdered sugar, 1/4t vanilla and a couple TBSP give or take of warm water. It hardens relatively quickly and keeps the cookies from being really hard.

Esmerelda said...

I think I'm going to start singing something from the struggle...this is so cool.

Took me 2 weeks to convince Karateboy that it wasn't Mrs. King that rode the bus. But at least he got part of it.