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makes 36-72 cookies, depending on size (I used .75 of this recipe for the 30 haiku-kies I made)
Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season



  • 1 1/3 c butter
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • [Optional]: Gel or liquid food colouring

Powdered Sugar Icing

  • 1-2 icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • milk by the tbsp
  • a few drops of food colouring



  • In a mixer or bowl, stir butter until soft.
  • Incorporate sugars into butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs, milk and vanilla until combined.
  • Add powder and salt.
  • Add flour by the half-cup until fully combined.
  • Divide dough into quarters.
  • [Optional: Incorporate food colouring as you see fit]
  • Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 2-12 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Roll dough out 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
  • [I like to roll my dough between wax or parchment paper]
  • Cut and "press" cookies per the cutter-instructions or use your own cutters.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes.
  • Cool completely on wire racks.

Decoration Ideas

  • Incorporate gel or drops of food colouring into sections of the dough before you refrigerate it.
  • Use small purchased tubes of coloured icing gel to decorate around the words.
  • Or, as I did, ice around the typed words with basic powdered sugar icing:


  • Prepare icing by adding vanilla and then milk by the tablespoonful to the icing sugar until a drippable slurry is formed, and then add food colouring as desired.