This Shabbos we read Parshat Noach, which might just be the most fun parsha in the entire Torah. I mean, it probably wasn't fun for all the people in the flood, but you know, that's the way cookie crumbles.
According to my kids, it has everything - building things with tools, lots of waterplay and of course, tons of animals. What could be better? All that's missing is a big bag of snacks for everyone. And that's where we come in.
So this week we made sugar cookies in the shape of animals. Except that after searching through all my cookie cutters, we couldn't really find any good animals - like lions, tigers and bears. So we wound up with, I kid you not, ducks, butterflies, elephants, fish that can double as birds (you'll see), turkeys and teddy bears, which while not technically an animal, cute nonetheless. We even free-handed some ark-shaped cookies. Oh, and an oddly shaped gingerbreadman who is standing in for Noach himself. We didnt have a mrs. gingerbreadman so there was no Naama, eishet Noach for us. Oh well.
This is the cookie recipe we used:
1 cup softened margarine
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
Cream the margarine and sugar on high. Add the eggs one at a a time and then add the vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until a dough forms. It will be sticky. Scrape the whole thing out of the bowl into a ziploc bag and stick it in the fridge for at least an hour, but preferably overnight. When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the dough on a very floured surface and go to town with your cookie cutters. Place the cookies on greased cookie sheets. The number of cookies will depend on the size of your cookie cutters. Bake for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. The cookies do not need to brown at the edges so even if they don't look done, they are.
These cookies are really good if you sprinkle them with sprinkles before baking or better yet, dip them halfway in chocolate and then sprinkles after they cool off. We did neither because we did not have either of those things in the house, but it's nice to know what I need to add to next week's shopping list.
So while these cookies came out, I think, pretty cute, I got an even cuter parshat Noach surprise this morning. When I stopped to talk to my friend from the school's PTA in the parking lot, she handed me the most adorable box of animal crackers, with the box shaped like Noah's Ark. I have to say, that box of cookies totally made my day. Really. They did. Cookies make me happy, especially surprise extra ones - and they make it easier to fill the four sections of an unfolded napkin at our shabbos party. But more about the rules on a shabbos party another time.
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Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)