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Election Cookies

republican-cookies-democratThe ugly antics taking place during the U.S. presidential election probably will not get any better, but maybe a sugar cookie in shapes of the two major parties will lighten up your chatter at home and in the office.

I found my Democratic donkey and Republican elephant cookie cutters in the gift shop at the Harry S. Truman “Little White House Museum” during a visit to Key West in February. The residence was initially a naval station command headquarters during the¬†Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. In 1946 it first served as the winter White House of President Harry S. Truman and a site for the Cold War response by later presidents. Unfortunately, it appears a private developer garnered the rights to the shorefront property in front of the home so when you visit, you see a hotel campus and no view of the ocean that Truman once had.

These cookie cutters are from wholesale supplier Ann Clark Cookie Cutters in Rutland, Vermont. You can find them online.

The cutters came with this sugar cookie recipe which I have used a few times. It is easy and makes a good, sturdy sugar cookie. You can substitute almond flavor for the vanilla if you prefer. The elephant trunk is especially susceptible to breaking. I usually freeze them in containers once they are cooled and I frost them while they are still frozen. This sets up the frosting more quickly and makes them less likely to break.

I am not an expert decorator and had trouble getting a pure red and blue frosting that tasted decent. My photo is from

Sugar Cookies

Cream together
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar

Beat in:
1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sifted flour

Mix until all ingredients are well blended

Chill dough 3-4 hours before rolling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4″ thick and cut into shapes

Transfer cookies onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone liners

Bake about 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate with a royal icing or buttercaream icing.

Tips on icing these shapes from another blogger.

Here is a history on the party symbols.




October 9, 2016 at 6:58 pm 1 comment



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