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Smiley Face Cookies

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How can you not be happy with a cookie, that has such a sweet disposition?  This cookie brings back many childhood memories, of a bakery beloved for it’s array of delectable desserts, but for me it was always all about their smiley face cookies. I have never had one as delicious at any other bakery. Since the bakery in question has gone out of business, I have nowhere to get my smiley face cookie fix. So, alas I had to set out on my own to recreate one.  To conjure up memories in the recesses of my brain, of hanging with friends picnicking by a tranquil pond, and munching on these fabulous cookies. I hope you enjoy my rendition of a childhood favorite of mine.  Happy baking!

Ingredients:                                                                 Yield:16 cookies

 For the Cookies:

1 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Icing:

2 cups confectioners sugar

4 teaspoons milk

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

5 drops yellow food coloring

Directions:

Combine butter and sugar. Cream until smooth, stir in the egg. Add orange juice and vanilla; mix well.

Add flour and baking powder – stirring until well mixed.

Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 1 hour in the fridge.

Heat oven to 400° F.

Break off between a golf ball & tennis ball sized clumps of dough. Roll into a ball and flatten slightly into a disk on ungreased cookie sheets. Continue with the remaining dough until you have 8 cookies on each cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes. Until the edges are lightly golden brown.

While cookies bake prepare the icing

In a bowl combine the confectioner sugar with the milk. Mix until smooth. Add the corn syrup, and vanilla. If the icing is too thick continue adding corn syrup until desired consistency is reached.  Add drops of food coloring to reach desired color shade.  Spoon onto cookies and spread out (for the eyes, and mouth this time around I used a store bought black icing tube, but normally I would melt some chocolate chips with a teaspoon of shortening and pipe faces onto the cookies) Either way, it’s delicious, and sure to make those you love smile.

Wait about 10 minutes before applying the face – so the base coat of icing can set up some.

Allow the icing to set up on the cookies on the cooling rack for several hours. I like to leave them out overnight, and they are perfectly set.

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

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