Cute and simple ladybug and bumble bee cookies are perfect for spring!
bug slice and bake cookies
I love these bug slice and bake cookies! They are simple to make (as long as you don't mind a little imperfection.)
This post for bug cookies originally appeared on my other site, the Decorated Cookie.
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what are refrigerated cookies?
Refrigerated cookies, also know as ice box cookies and slice and bake cookies, start with cookie dough rolled into a log and put in the refrigerator (ice box). When chilled, remove the log, slice the dough, and bake.
Here, I tinted the dough with food coloring and arranged the pieces so when cut, the pieces formed bumble bees and lady bugs.
To make the cookies, start with our best cut-out sugar cookie recipe with powdered sugar.
For the dry ingredients, you'll need all-purpose flour and salt. That's it! Because the cookies are more similar to shortbread, no baking soda or powder is used.
While most bakers use unsalted butter to make cookies, my personal preference is to use salted butter. I like the extra bite of salt.
You'll also need confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar or icing sugar) and a large egg.
You may stick with only pure vanilla extract, but adding almond extract enhances the flavor.
You’ll need several baking trays.
Line your trays with parchment paper for best results.
While our recipes provide both the metric and non-metric amounts, for best results, we recommend a digital scale.
I use an oven thermometer for accuracy. (This is how I know my oven runs 25 degrees cold.)
You will need a rolling pin to roll out the dough.
Use plastic wrap or wax paper to wrap the logs for the refrigerator.
Adding candy eyes is optional, but gosh they look cute.
how to make slice and bake cookies
After you prepare the cookie dough, divide it into three sections.
Mix the coloring into the dough in your standing mixer or with an electric hand mixer, cleaning the bowl after each color. (To avoid cleaning in between, you may also mix in this order: Yellow, Red, Black.)
Place each color dough in the refrigerator (I use a Ziplock bag for the doughs) and chill for 2 hours.
how to make bumble bee cookies
Press or roll out five strips of dough ⅜-inch thick, 2 inches wide, and 6 inches long, two black and three yellow.
Stack and shape into a rectangle.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill again. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
how to make lady bug cookies
Press three strips of red dough the same size as for the bees.
Roll out a three black skinny logs and three red ones.
Stack the dough in this order: Red strip on the bottom. The next layer has two black logs in the center sandwiched in between the three red logs.
Place a strip of red dough on top.
Place a black log on top of that one and finish the top with the last red strip. Gently roll the whole thing into a log. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm again.
bake your cookies
When ready, slice your cookies about ¼-inch thick and place on parchment paper-lined baking trays.
Bake one tray at a time in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown.
When cool, if desired, use dabs of light corn syrup or honey to adhere candy eyes to the cookies.
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