What a fun addition to your summertime picnic or party. These watermelon cookies are easy and fun and the kids will enjoy helping make them as well as eating them!
3-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 drops red food coloring
1 cup miniature semi sweet morsels
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
Beat butter or margarine, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and red food coloring in a large bowl with electric mixer until fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture and stir with wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out circles with a cookie cutter or other round object, such as a glass or round plastic container. Place circles on ungreased cookie sheet. With a butter knife, carefully slice circle in half and separate by at least 1/2 inch to allow for expansion during baking. Gently press miniature semi sweet morsels into each semi-circle.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, checking after 6 minutes. Cookies will be done when edges are lightly browned. Do not allow cookies to get too brown. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes. Remove from cookies sheets to aluminum foil on a flat surface and allow to cool completely.
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons water
15-20 drops green food coloring
In a small bowl mix together all ingredients to form a glaze. You may add drops of water to think glaze if it is too thick. To decorate the cookies, roll the round end of the cookie in the glaze, allow excess to drip off into bowl. Place cookies back on foil until glaze dries.
Recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen.
Cream Cheese Frosting
3 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon butter, softened
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies.
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