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I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover…

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Kaleidoscope Shortbread Cookies and Homemade Colored Sanding Sugar

I often wonder about why I have such a fascination with other eras.

Is it because I spent so much time with my grandparents when I was growing up?

And because they played so much of their music for me that older music feels more familiar to me than the music of “my era?”

My grandpa Joe used to put records on for us all the time and teach us how to dance.  I think he did a great job, though my husband would argue that I am one of the worst dancers he’s ever seen.  He obviously has no idea what he is talking about.

This is one of the songs that we often danced to.  When I hear it, it feels so nostalgic like a song from my childhood.  And I guess in a way it is.

Kaleidoscope Shortbread Cookies and Homemade Colored Sanding Sugar

The thing I miss most about working as a music therapist on an Alzheimer’s unit is singing songs like this almost every day.

Not really because of how much I love this kind of music, (even though I do) but more because of what it brought out in the clients I worked with.  Like a time machine.  Back to a time when words were easy to find and memories were not compromised.

Kaleidoscope Shortbread Cookies and Homemade Colored Sanding Sugar

I’m sure you are wondering what any of this has to do with these cookies.

Well, to be honest, nothing really.

Other than the fact that my brain goes on tangents and I wanted to make these cute retro Rainbow Kaleidoscope Cookies for St. Patty’s Day.

And St. Patty’s Day reminds me of the clover song which reminds me of working on an Alzheimer’s unit.  So I guess I felt the need to share all of that with you.  Ok? Cool.

Kaleidoscope Shortbread Cookies and Homemade Colored Sanding Sugar

Is a pot of cookies at the end of a rainbow almost as good as a pot of gold?

Kaleidoscope Shortbread Cookies and Homemade Colored Sanding Sugar

 

Rainbow Sanding Sugar

Ingredients

  • Sugar in the raw, or demerara sugar, or turbinado sugar
  • Green, blue, yellow, and red liquid food coloring

Instructions

  1. Put 1/3 cup raw sugar in an airtight container with 4-8 drops of food coloring (depending on how dark you want your color).
  2. Shake vigorously for at least 1 minute until all the color is distributed through the sugar. For orange, mix yellow and red drops. For indigo, mix red and blue drops. (this didn’t turn out well for me, but give it a shot!)
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Kaleidoscope Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract OR 1/2 tsp almond extract (I prefer almond in these cookies)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar and vanilla or almond extract.
  3. Add salt and slowly add all-purpose flour and mix until incorporated.
  4. Scoop out dough with a small cookie scoop and flatten to about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Roll edges in sanding sugar. (if sugar is not sticking well, brush edges with water before rolling in sugar)
  6. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
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  1. jotsfromasmallapt

    BB…we are on the same wave length…just wrote about my Mother who is in that in-between memory place. Thank you for making me smile…especially since it is probably your husband who can’t dance. I’m sure of it! Cheers!

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      1. jotsfromasmallapt

        And here I am trying to be the “BestBaker” following in your cookie and bread crumbs steps. Baking bread like crazy…I love that 5-Minutes….have to give it all away, however…which is the fun part. Today it is more cinnamon rolls w/cream cheese icing. Want to try your cookie recipe just up. You, Sweet-Tea, are amazing!

  2. laura neville

    I am such a terrible cook/baker that it is kind of funny…but I love your blog and reading the recipes. Although I did not really know your dad( pretty sure that I met him though!) I cannot help but think that he would be so pleased and proud to see what an artistic and creative project you have developed here. Excellent!! And I love your ideas-so wonderful!!
    love from Texas

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      Baker Bettie

      Hi Laura,

      You are so sweet. You know I have been thinking about my dad a lot lately in regards to this blog. I always felt like I never inherited his creativity and that I could not connect with his memory in that way. I am starting to see him a little more in me every day as I am finding my creativity with this blog, and particularly photography. Thanks for following! And I’m sure you are not a terrible baker! I believe EVERYONE has it in them :)

    1. Angel of the North

      I’m UK based and can’t work our which type of sugar you have used. I checked with Joy of Baking but the sugar she describes as raw doesn’t seem to be available here. Would demerara or granulated sugar do? Did you use gel colours or liquid ones? The biscuits look rather fine.

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        Baker Bettie

        Yes. Demerara or Turbinado sugar is very similar to raw sugar. You want a sugar with a large grain. And use liquid colors! I tried to use the gels at first but they do not distribute through the sugar as well. I will edit this post to include these details. Thanks!

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      Baker Bettie

      Here we go! Nick’s favorite past time: calling American’s out on their quirks… :)

      I have actually never heard of Paddy as a shortened version or Patrick. Only Pat. Which I often say “St. Pat’s Day.” Is that okay?

      1. frugalfeeding

        that’s fine, I was just wondering. If you said St. patty’s day in Ireland, they’d probably get confused. The name ‘Paddy’ is the quintessential nickname for an Irish person :D. The variation doesn’t annoy me :D, am merely intrigued!

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  3. Cara

    I so loved reading about who are you and what you love. Gives me a new insight about you–one that I adore and enjoy learning. What a special soul you are, especially one who takes gorgeous pics of some stinkin’ amazing food! xo

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      Baker Bettie

      Cara you are too sweet. One of the things I love most about blogging, that was not something I expected, is meeting blogging friends like you and learning from them. There are a few of you that feel like long lost friends. You guys are all so talented and awesome!

  4. milkayphoto

    Yum! Wonderful photographs! I really like the way you dipped only the edges of the cookies into sugar – it’s a nice twist!

    Do you have a corrugated metal covered table?

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      Baker Bettie

      Hey thanks! I thought covering the whole cookie might be overkill.

      It isn’t a table. Just a sheet of metal with pretty rusty stains that I use in some pictures. I love pretty rust :)

  5. Angel of the North

    Many thanks for having adjusted the recipe and for having sorted out which materials to use, This is a good, honest blog.

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