What you need:
your favorite sugar cookie recipe (i'll put mine at the end)
sprinkles, 2 bottles (if you do the full batch of my cookies)
Separate your cookie dough into 4-6 bowls. I only did 4 because I only wanted 4 colors, but do as many as you want. In each bowl, color your cookie dough. Then roll each color into grape sized balls.
Then roll it into a log (snake) about 8-12 inches long.
Then roll your dough (make a snail shell) and twist the dough as you roll it.
Then dip the edges in your sprinkles.
Put them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes-10 minutes, depending on your stove (mine did 8 and they came out perfect). Let them cool on a cooling rack and enjoy!
Usually I have to have frosting with my sugar cookies so I was worried that they might be a little blah but with the added sprinkles it gave it a bit of extra flavor.
My kids loved helping do them. I put my 6 year old to work rolling the balls (I had to fix quite a few =) ) and then my 3- year old helped with dipping in the sprinkles....until he got distracted watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love when I can find a fun kitchen recipe/activity that the kids can do =) But they both loved making their own "snakes and snails." If you want to get your kids involved in the kitchen....give this a whirl =)
My favorite sugar cookie recipe:
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter or margarine (if you use margarine, make sure you chill the dough before handling)
8 oz. cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract (optional, if you don't use it, use a total of 2 tsp. vanilla)
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Cream sugar, butter and cream cheese. Add in the egg and extracts. Then add dry ingredients. Chill for about 30 minutes- 1 hour before using or the dough will be sticky. Roll the dough out and cut it with cookie cutters (or use for the rainbow cookies above).
I usually have to add a bit of extra flour to mine when rolling it out. I use a mixture of flour and sugar so it keeps some of the sweetness. If you use these for roll out cookies, bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes, depending on how thick and soft you want them. I like mine soft, but if you like them crunchier then bake 8-10 minutes.