The actual yield of this recipe will depend on how big the handprints are. This is an especially fun rainy day recipe. Have some tubes of icing on “hand” to make rings, fingernail polish, and gloves.
INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 24 COOKIES
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Sugar crystals for sprinkling
Whisk flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar together. Cut in butter until it looks like coarse crumbs.
Beat eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until frothy. Stir into flour mixture. Chill 30 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease baking sheets.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Divide dough into fourths. Roll each out ¼" thick on a floured surface. Carefully cut around your child’s hand. Continue until all dough is used up.
Place on baking sheets; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 10– 12 minutes.
Cool completely. Decorate as desired.
Teaching Tip #1
Handprint cookies are a tasty way to teach the basics of American Sign Language. Just make cardboard templates of the alphabet and cut around them. Bake the cookies and write the corresponding letter in the palm of the hand with frosting. It’s a fun way to get practice with signing.