Bake and Decorate with Us: From an IMAlive Volunteers Home to Yours

So, I have a confession to make…

I don’t like Halloween.

However, over the years I have learned that so much of culture is embedded in how we celebrate important events. So, let’s make a Fall treat. It’s even festive enough for you Halloween lovers out there!

Grandma has always been an avid baker of all things pie and whenever she had a little dough leftover, she would make these little cinnamon sugar cookies. Making them and tasting them has always brought on happy nostalgic memories. It’s a special Fall treat in or family.

Grandma’s Cinnamon Sugar Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • 6 tbsp whole milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp melted butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 F.
  2. Mix flour and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Cut in the shortening with a fork or pastry cutter until sandy in texture. With a fork, slowly drizzle in the milk and stir until the dough comes together. You don’t want it to be too soft or sticky. There should be a little bit of loose flour left in the bowl.
  4. Tip out onto a clean countertop and form into a ball.
  5. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thin as you can get it, or about 1/16 to 1/8  inch. Cut the pastry into random shapes. You could cut it into uniform pieces, but this is true to my Grandma’s style. If you are feeling especially festive, you could cut these into shapes using a cookie cutter; leaves, pumpkins, ghosts, you name it!
  6. Move the pieces to a large baking sheet.
  7. Brush each piece with melted butter.
  8. Mix together cinnamon and sugar and top each piece with a generous amount.
  9. Bake for 7-9 minutes.


Apple Jack-O-Lantern Stamp

What you will need:

  • Apple
  • Knife (make sure you have an adult with you)
  • Paint

Directions:

  1. Take a regular apple, cut it in half, and carve a face into the flat side.
  2. Dip it into some orange paint spread out on a paper plate.
  3. Make sure the whole flat surface is covered and press your apple-stamp onto whatever surface you choose.

Looks like our Halloween celebration is shaping up pretty nicely. But, nothing makes a holiday quite as special as sharing it with the people you love.

Oh wait, before we forget, which scary movie should we watch?
Happy Halloween!

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