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Halloween Recipes For Kids: The Michelle Obama Edition

Sep 25, 2013
Halloween Recipes For Kids

Halloween Recipes For Kids: The Michelle Obama Edition

Michelle Obama may be a frontrunner in the campaign to eliminate childhood obesity, but the First Lady seems to be constantly churning out savory dessert and cookie recipes, not only to indulge her daughters, but the American public en masse. (Not that we’re complaining.) On two happy occasions, Family Circle called upon Mrs. Obama to participate in a cookie contest that would supposedly predict the outcome of the presidential race (oh, how wrong they were). While her recipe for shortbread treats may not have come out on top in the 2008 “race,” her hubby sure did. And, as a consolation prize, these sweets make a great Halloween recipe for kids.

All you need is the ingredients below, plus adorable Halloween cookie cutters by Wilton, holiday-appropriate icing colors, and less than an hour. (We have a feeling that Michelle’s somewhat particular baking instructions had a little something to do with her falling to Cindy McCain.) Unfortunately, you probably shouldn’t hand out these unwrapped confections to trick-or-treaters, though you might be able to sway some moms with the knowledge that the recipe is FLOTUS-authorized. Regardless, they make a fine centerpiece for your own Halloween party, and we’re sure the kids won’t mind not sharing.

Michelle Obama's Shortbread Cookies

1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 
1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar 
2 egg yolks 
2 tbsp. Amaretto (almond liqueur) 
1 teaspoon each orange and lemon zest 
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising) 
¼ tsp. salt 
1 beaten egg white 
Halloween-themed icing colors

1. Heat oven to 325°F. Line a 17 x 12 x 1-inch baking pan with nonstick foil. In large bowl, cream together butter and 1 ½ cups of the sugar.
2. Slowly add egg yolks, and beat well until smooth. Beat in Amaretto and zest.
3. Stir in flour and salt until combined.
4. Spread dough evenly into prepared pan, flattening as smoothly as possible.
5. Brush top of dough with egg white and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
6. Bake at 325°F for 25 minutes or until brown, turn off oven and allow cookies to sit in oven (with door ajar) for 15 minutes. Use your cookie cutters to cut into spooky shapes while slightly warm.
7. Grab the icing and decorate with the kids!

By Cordelia Tai

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