I did a post for a friend of mine. Her name is Lil’ Luna and she is so sweet and incredibly talented! I made Easy Elf Cookies for her but, they are so addictive that I had to make other versions.
I want to let you know that this is not my recipe. I am using the Land O Lakes recipe from the Sparkling Candy Corn video they made. I loved those cookies so much that I wanted to make them for Christmas. I did change the flavoring in the recipe because they used orange juice and orange zest and I wanted to add pure vanilla extract. You could also use peppermint extract or other Christmas flavors.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Orange paste or gel food color
Colors of paste or gel food color of your choice
Combine butter and 1 cup sugar in large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, vanilla extract and salt. Continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.
Divide your dough into the number of colors you want to use and add the gel colors and kneed until well blended. I used AmeriColor Tulip Red and AmeriColor Leaf Green for the elf hats. You might want to use gloves for this step! Hint, hint!