It took about a half hour to mix up the dough, divide and color it, and press it into the loaf pan, including the inevitable interruptions and phone calls. Then, after picking up Michelle I was able to slice and bake!They turned out quite well, festive and colorful, just like I wanted. The taste wasn't "out of this world" delicious, so I think next time we'll try our regular sugar cookie recipe, but that's not stopping us from eating them all up.
Here's the Betty Crocker recipe:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup butter-flavor shortening
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 drops red food color
16 drops yellow food color
9 drops green food color
3 tablespoons pastel-colored confetti candy sprinkles
1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line bottom of 9x5" loaf pan with plastic wrap (8x4" worked okay as well). In large bowl, beat sugar, butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt until dough forms.
2. Divide dough into 3 parts. Knead 1 food color into each part of dough. Press one of the colored doughs in bottom of pan. Top with remaining colored doughs, pressing each layer firmly to seal.
3. Turn pan upside down; remove plastic wrap from dough. Cut dough lengthwise into thirds. Cut each third crosswise into 16 slices. On ungreased cookie sheets, place slices about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.
4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until bottoms are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.