Monday, January 3, 2011

Pink Pretzel Cookies

Welcome to my Red Couch and take a seat.

It's back to school for my children and back to packing lunches.  Pretzel cookies are  great for packed lunches.  I like to eat them on the second day, they mature and taste even better.  The recipe is from a Pillsbury cookbook that my brother Tim gifted to me when I was in college.  Being the THIRD sister, he thought I needed a little assistance in the domestic department. My children once "suprised" me when they were quite a bit younger by making these cookies.  Ever since that surprise, we have made them.

I wanted to thank Jenny who hosts the blog Jenny Matlock...Off My Tangent, for sending me this great cookbook that arrived just in time for Christmas.  Jenny and the other Chickberries have provided their best recipes.  All of Jenny's recipes look delectible!  Jenny is one of the nicest hostesses in blogland.  Drop by and say hi! 

 I sprinkled these cookies with "pink sugar so that I could join up with my blogging sisters on Pink Saturday.  We have made them in all colors of the rainbow -- even with black sugar.

Recipe and Instructions:

1 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and almond extract, and egg. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. You don't want to refrigerate it too long because the dough might crack when forming into pretzels.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll dough, with your fingers, into strips that are 8 inches long and about 1/2-inch wide.

Then take the left side of the roll and place it on the bottom right of the cookie.

The formed pretzel cookie.

Then take the right side of the roll and place it on the bottom left of the cookie.

Here is a picture with the pink sugar sprinkled on them before baking.  I put the smallest amount of water on my fingers and then sprinkled the sugar on the cookies.  Alternatively, you can roll the cookies in sugar before you form them into pretzel shapes.  To help avoid spreading, put the cookie pan in the freezer before baking for about 10 minutes.   Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove from baking pan and cool on rack.  Makes about 24 pretzels.

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Sue said...

These cookies look SO FUN, Joni! Yummy too:) I'd really like to try them soon!

Lisa said...

How cute! The little pretzel shape is such a fun idea for cookies!

Miz Helen said...

Precious presentation with a great cookie recipe. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

Unknown said...

these look like so much fun! i agree with you about jenny :) thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

Jenny said...

Those look scrumptious! I'm so glad you're enjoying the cookbook, too!

Erin said...

What cute cookies! I want some! =o)

Jacqueline said...

So pretty in pink! The cookbook really looks fun and I love the name.

Hope you had a fun vacation! So nice to see you back. I bet it was fun to take a week off blogging. Happy New Year.

Lynn said...

The cookies look great Joni! And that comes from someone in Philly, we know pretzels:@)

Grace said...

These cookies are too stinking cute! Happy Pink Saturday. Grace

LV said...

I am sure the other students were envious of seeing these cookies. Even I would enjoy them.

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney said...

Love this! Would like to invite you over to Fat Camp Friday @ Mangoes and Chutney. The linky is up all weekend and one blogger from the linky party is featured every Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Thesere too cute! I think my nieces would love these. Bookmarking them for the next time they come visit. Happy Pink Saturday!

Char said...

These cookies look like something fun to do with the grandkids. Thanks you much and have a Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Joni Sweetie...
Oh my goodness the grands are going to love these. I love that they are simple in what they contain, and that there is NO chocolate in them. Sugar cookies are always best for grands. They would love the sprinkles as well. I can't wait to give them a try.

Thank you SO much for the wonderful share today. I think even the grands could make these. So cute. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Unknown said...

Those are cute and look like a lot of fun!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Donnie said...

Those look tasty and pretty too. Thanks for the recipe.

Gail said...

Yummm, they do look so good.
Happy PS

Abramyan Avenue said...

These look so fun!! And the recipe is easy enough as well!! I can't wait to try them with my girls! Thanks so much for sharing!