With Halloween just a week away, we’re seeing a lot of fall festivals, children’s parties and church activities related to the season. Along with the festivities, of course, is good food. We all know that the candy will be plentiful and that’s what makes Halloween fun.
You may be in the mood to do some cookie baking for the occasion and I have a special cookie recipe to share that would fit the bill perfectly! “Kool-Aid Sugar Cookies” are crisp sugar cookies flavored with the powdered Kool-Aid drink mix. This is a clever and creative recipe! I got this recipe many years ago from a local TV cooking hostess. I wrote the recipe down and for some reason, lost it. I wrote to the hostess who demonstrated the recipe, asking for a copy of it. She graciously wrote back to me, apologizing that she didn’t keep a copy of the recipe herself! So, by contacting General Foods Corporation (now Kraft Foods), the company that makes Kool Aid, I requested and received the recipe. How happy I was to get it and now, I’m sharing it with you!
This recipe contains both butter and vegetable shortening, so this is a rich cookie, in addition to being crisp. You can use any flavor of the pre-sweetened Kool-Aid to make the cookies the color and flavor you’d like. For Halloween, orange would very appropriate. If desired, you could then frost and decorate them as you choose. This would be just the cookie to make for a party or even to give for trick-or-treat.
When choosing the flavor of Kool-Aid to use, make certain to get the pre-sweetened version and not a sugar-free version or the type in which you have to add your own sugar. For easy measuring, I would get the cannister of the powder and it can be conveniently stored and used. This recipe would also be great to use at Christmas. By using the strawberry or cherry flavors of Kool-Aid, it would certainly look festive for the season.
Speaking of Halloween, last year, I ran an article on what to do with leftover Halloween candy. In case you didn’t get the article, here’s the link to it:
Have fun making these cookies…..and put your copy of the recipe in a safe place!
KOOL-AID SUGAR COOKIES
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup Kool-Aid sugar-sweetened soft drink mix (see note below)
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cream the shortening and butter, gradually adding 2/3 cup sugar and the soft drink mix. Cream until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Gradually add the flour mixture, blending thoroughly as it’s added. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Butter the bottom of a flat glass or a jar cover, then dip in granulated sugar. Flatten cookies with the glass until they are about 3 inches in diameter. Bake at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Frost and decorate, if desired. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Note: If using Kool-Aid sugar-sweetened lemonade flavor mix, use only 1/2 cup.