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       Title: Pen Pal Letter Cookies
  Categories: Cookies, Holiday
       Yield: 9 servings
  
            ------cookie dough------
       2 c  Margarine; softened
       1 c  Granulated sugar
       1 tb Water
       1 tb Almond extract
       5 c  Unbleached flour
       1 sm Envelope; (3 1/2 x 6 1/2")
            ------edible decorator
            -paint------
       1    Egg yolk
     1/2 ts Water
            Assorted colors of paste
            -food coloring
            Small; soft paintbrush
            Powdered sugar icing
  
   Recipe by: Great Little Sweet Treats
   Preparation Time: 0:15
   Preheat oven at 350.  In a mixing bowl, combine margarine and sugar.  Add
   1 tablespoon water and almond extract; mix well.  Stir in flour until well
   combined.  Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours.  On a floured surface, roll
   dough to a 1/4 thickness.  Using envelope as a pattern, cut shapes in
   dough with a sharp knife.  Reroll dough scraps.  Cut out 1 squares of
   dough to resemble stamps.  Transfer letters and stamps to unprepared
   baking sheet with a spatula.  Using a paintbrush, paint, addresses,
   postmarks, and stamps with Edible Decorator Paint.  Allow each color of
   paint to dry thoroughly before painting with additional colors.  Bake
   cookies for 25 to 30 minutes, removing stamps if they start to brown.
   Cool slightly and remove from baking sheet.  Cook completely.  Prepare
   powdered sugar icing  and attach stamps to letters.  To make Edible
   Decorator Paint, mix egg yolk with 1/2 teaspoon water.  Divide mixture
   into several small cups.  Add paste food coloring as desired.  If needed,
   add additional water, 1 drop at a time, to make paint the consistency of
   ink.  Use thin coats of the paint.  Allow each color to dry before
   proceeding with next color.  In recipes using opaque or pastel paint, add
   white, paste or liquid, food coloring.  This improves opaqueness and
   removes much of the yellow color of the egg yolk.  Food painted with paint
   should be returned to the oven for a few minutes to set the paint and cook
   the egg yolk.
  
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