This letter cookies recipe could be made with letter cookie cutters or animal shapes for animal crackers. My intent was to recreate the cinnamon alphabet cookies that my son loves from Trader Joe’s. I hope you like them as much as we do!
How to make letter cookies:
- Mix the cookie dough in the food processor. Refrigerate.
- Roll out the sugar cookie dough. Use letter cookie cutters to make letter shapes.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
These are fun sugar cookies to make with children at home. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor and then it is refrigerated for at least an hour. Take the dough out when your helpers are ready to roll out the dough and you’ll have an alphabet of fun in no time!
Spelling Bee treats
It is Spelling Bee time of year at many schools and my son’s elementary school held their school Bee last week. He was excited to be involved in the Bee again this year and I wanted to make him a special treat to celebrate after the stress of the competition was over (for both of us!).
My goodness, some of the words these kids spelled were years beyond them. It was fun to watch the twelve kids spell but heartbreaking to see them miss a letter here and there. I guess that is the point of a spelling bee– not everyone gets each word correct– but it is painful when a wrong letter slips out.
I thought there was a slim chance he’d try these since they look and taste nearly the same as the bucket of letter cookies he likes from the grocery store.
Well, no luck there but that is ok, sometimes it honestly is the thought that counts and when my younger son and I made these cookies we sure were sending happy spelling thoughts with them!
The recipe comes from King Arthur Flour’s website and they called these Animal Cookies but for me, animal cookies have a bit more crunch like a cracker. I changed the recipe slightly so maybe that was the difference.
What shapes can I make these cookies for kids?
Try letters cookie cutters or animal cookie cutters and see what you think. There are few things sweeter than little hands covered in flour and baking in the kitchen. A collection of cookie cutters from Wilton does the trick. This bucket offers letters, shapes and more for your cookie creations.
Here are other cookies that are fun to bake and share with a classroom:
- Cookies in the shape of the Greek letter, Pi, for #PiDay
- Apple cookies are fun to bake especially for Teacher Appreciation Week
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- 3/4 cup butter, softened (12 Tablespoons)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- In a food processor combine the butter, sugar, honey, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla and water. Pulse 15-20 times.
- Add the all purpose flour and the almond flour and process until the dough forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the container.
- Make two flat circles with the dough and place in a zip loc bag. Refrigerate for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment.
- Flour your surface (I like to flour on top of a piece of parchment). Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. To keep the dough from sticking to the small letter cookie cutters, dip the cutters in flour each time before you press the cutters into the dough.
- Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until just starting to brown.
- Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Note that some letters such as "I" or "L" bake more quickly than letters like "M" or "B". You may want to place similar letters on a tray together to ensure even baking.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g
Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker’s House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader’s Digest, and She Knows.