Polka-Dot Cookies

I have an obsession with polka-dots.  It’s really quite sad. So when I saw this recipe I knew I needed to make them for Valentine’s day.  My girls love pigs, and I thought the polka-dot them went quite well with them.

Polka-Dot Cookies

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4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 c plus 2 T unsalted butter, at room temp
1 3/4 c sugar
2 large eggs
1 T vanilla extract
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
food coloring (I used pink)
Sanding or granulated sugar, for sprinkling

In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 2/3 cups of the flour, the baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, then beat in the vanilla. 
On low speed, add in the flour mixture.
Transfer half the dough to another bowl.
Beat in the remaining 1/3 cup flour and desired amount food coloring (if using) to one half.
Beat in the cocoa powder to the other half.
Shape into discs and wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate for at least 2 hours to firm dough.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.
Roll out doughs on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4″ thickness, cut out desired shapes.
(I did pigs, my girls favorite animal, and hearts for valentines day)
Cut small circles out using the wide end of a pastry tip or a doughnut circle cutter.
I also did some hearts as well.
Interchange the 2 doughs in the cookies.

Sprinkle with sugar, bake for about 7-10 minutes, or until very lightly browned.
Cool on sheets for 1 minute, then finish cooling on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
TIP: I use an offset spatula when lifting cut-out cookies- it’s a life saver (and cookie saver!)

SOURCE: Mary Engelbreit’s Cookies Cookbook

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