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To celebrate Enkutatash or the Ethiopian New Year that started a few days ago, the children and me prepared some cookies.
Both of them love to cook, or maybe just to make a mess in the kitchen… so, I took a recipe for making sugar cookies and transformed it into an “Ethiopian cookies” recipe.
Actually it is just the same recipe, but I colored the dough with food coloring to create and Ethiopian flag, and here is the result:
Ready to get into the oven Eating cookies  Here is the sugar cookie recipe I used:

Ethiopian Flag Cookies

1 cup margarine (or butter), softened
1 egg white, lightly whipped
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring
1/2 teaspoon green food coloring
1/4 teaspoon blue food coloring
In a mixing bowl, combine margarine, egg white, and vanilla extract. In another mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients just until moistened. Separate just a small portion of the dough and tint it with the blue food coloring to make the circle of the flag. Divide the rest of dough into 3 equal portions. Tint one portion with red food coloring, one with yellow and one with green. Mix each part thoroughly to get a uniform color. From the yellow portion take a bit apart to later make the star of the flag. Then with each of the three portions form bars of equal length and about 1 inch thick. Wrap each bar in waxed paper. Refrigerate until easy to handle. Remove waxed paper and stack bars on top of each other in the following order: green, yellow and red. Wrap entire bars in waxed paper again and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cut bars into 1/4-inch-thick slices. With the small portion you previously separated from the yellow dough cut small stars with fondant or cookie cutters, and from the blue portion cut circles. Place first a blue circle over the center yellow bar of each cookie and then a yellow star. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for about 1 minute, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Done! And Happy New Year!

Ethiopian Flag Cookies