Chef Pamala Burns had the great pleasure of working with the students from Palenke Arts, an after school program at Martin Luther King middle school. More than just an afterschool program, It’s really a program for the whole family and the community. Today’s class was all about Valentine’s Day. Chef Pamala brought 60 heart cookies with her and assorted toppings, icings and paintbrushes. The students decorated until every cookie was gone. Chef Pamala sent each student went home with not only what they had created but 12 ounces of cookie dough and the recipe. They all decided that they want to do this again and they can’t wait until the next time Theyj’re together making magic in the classroom.

This simple recipe , is a basic that’s delicious and fast. Use it for rolled cookies, or thumb prints, Russian tea, cookies, jam, drops, and whatever else you can dream up. Let your creativity be your guide

4 cups of all purpose, flour
1 cup sugar
1 pound butter
1 tablespoon, vanilla extract, or other flavoring you like
Pinch of salt
Optional one egg for softer, chewier cookies

Cream, butter, and sugar together with vanilla extract, sift in flour and salt mixture, mix until it just comes together. Rest for five minutes and roll into a log or a round disc refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use. Roll out or shape as you like. Bake in a 325° oven for 10 minutes or until just golden around the edges..

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