*I like to roll my cookie dough between sheets of plastic wrap right after it's been mixed. It's cleaner and easier to work with. This only works well if your plastic wrap sticks to your work surface. You can also just wrap the ball of just mixed dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate, then roll it out on a floured surface and cut out your shapes as you traditionally would with sugar cookies.
*I rolled my dough 1/4" thick and baked for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden on the edges. This gave me a firm, but soft cookie. For a crispier cookie, roll thinner and bake longer.
*You will have raspberry powder left over. Keep it in an airtight container and use it to flavor other recipes.
*I baked some of my cookies topped with sparkling sugar. You can also use raw sugar, but if you want the sugar to show up after baking, it must be a coarse sugar.
*I dipped some of my baked cookies in melted chocolate. I didn't provide any measurements because you may need different amounts depending upon your decorating plan. For every 2 ounces of chopped chocolate, place 1 teaspoon of shortening or coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high, stirring at 15-30 second intervals, being careful not to burn the chocolate. If you use 4 ounces of chocolate, use 2 teaspoons of shortening, for 6 ounces, use 3 teaspoons of shortening. The shortening will help keep your melted chocolate fluid and ready for dipping. You can add more or less depending upon the fluidity you want. I use organic non-hydrogenated shortening.
*Store cookies in an airtight container remembering that chocolate or frosting will keep the cookies soft. Mine were still soft on day 5. It's more difficult to keep them crispy since any topping with moisture in it will soften them. If you're only topping with sugar and you rolled and baked them using the crispy tips I've provided, I would store them in an airtight container layered with paper towels to help absorb any excess moisture. Please note that this recipe isn't engineered to bake up super crispy cookies. The different methods simply offer you an option to go a little crispier or a little softer.
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