Sugar, spice and trying to make nice

Katie Woodruff, senior copy editor

With all the debate over this year’s major candidates, TKC wants to make the election a little bit sweeter with this recipe for Republican and Democratic cookies from Taste of Home.





1 cup of softened butter

1 cup of confectioners’ sugar

1 egg

1 ½  teaspoons of almond extract

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of salt



6 tablespoons of softened butter

2 ⅔  cups of confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons of milk

Red and blue food coloring




  1. Preheat oven to 375º before making dough.
  2. Mix butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy in a small bowl, and then beat in egg and extracts. Gradually add flour and salt, making sure to mix well. After dividing dough in half, flatten each piece and wrap in plastic wrap; then, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to make sure dough is easy to handle.
  3. Roll dough out to about an eighth of an inch thick on a lightly floured surface, and then cut with floured donkey and elephant cookie cutters (2 ½  inches). Place on baking sheets covered in cooking spray or parchment paper.
  4. Bake cut-out dough for 10 minutes. Put on wire racks or plate to cool.
  5. Finally, in a small bowl, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk to create the frosting at spreading consistency.
  6. After separating some frosting to remain white, dye the rest red and blue and decorate the rest as desired.