- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Red and green gel food coloring
- 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips or raisins, chopped
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Reserve 1 cup dough.
- Tint remaining dough red; shape into a 3-1/2-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic wrap. Tint 1/3 cup of reserved dough green; wrap in plastic wrap. Wrap remaining plain dough. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll plain dough into an 8-1/2x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Unwrap red dough and place on a short end of the plain dough; roll up.
- Roll green dough into a 10x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Place red and plain roll on a short end of the green dough; roll up. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 3/16-in. slices (just less than 1/4 in.). Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. If desired, lightly press chocolate chips into red dough to resemble watermelon seeds.
- Bake 9-11 minutes or until firm. Immediately cut cookies in half. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 3 dozen.
Reviews for Watermelon Slice Cookies
"I substitute watermelon jello mix for sugar and they taste like watermelon as well!"
"love it so good"
"Fabulous! Will make again and double the recipe. Grandkids loved the."
"I thought these were great ~a wonderful summer sugar cookie! I could not find the food color gel but the liquid worked just fine."
"This cookie is well worth the time and effort. It is adorably perfect, and the taste is even better. This is our family's tradition every year for the first day of summer vacation!"