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Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Makes: 52 servings Yield: about 52 2 1/2-inch cookies
Prep 40 mins Bake 375°F 7 mins
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Ingredients
  • 1  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 1/4  cups  sugar
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 2  eggs
  • 2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 3  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  recipe  Royal Icing (optional)
  • 1  recipe  Powdered Sugar Icing (optional)
  •  Decorative sprinkles and/or small candies (optional)
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. If necessary, cover and chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using desired cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack; cool.

4. If desired, prepare Royal Icing or Powdered Sugar Icing. Spread and/or pipe the icing (if using) onto cookies. If desired, top iced cookies with sprinkles and/or candies.

From the Test KitchenCandy Windowpane Cutouts:
  • Prepare as directed, except roll dough until 1/8 inch thick and use a 2-1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut dough into desired shapes. Place on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Cut small shapes out of the cutouts' centers. Finely crush 3 ounces hard candy (about 1/2 cup). Fill each center cutout with candy. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes; cool cookies on foil. Makes about 52 cookies.
Powdered Sugar Icing
Ingredients
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla or almond extract
  • 3 - 4  tablespoons  milk
Directions Powdered Sugar Icing::

1. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir in enough milk until icing reaches spreading consistency. If desired, tint with paste food coloring.

Nutrition Facts (Sugar Cookie Cutouts)
  • Servings Per Recipe 52,
  • cal. (kcal) 80,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 17,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 10,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • sugar (g) 5,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 120,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 14,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 63,
  • Potassium (mg) 12,
  • calcium (mg) 6,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Royal Icing
Ingredients
  • 1 16  ounce package  powdered sugar (4 cups)
  • 3  tablespoons  meringue powder*
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1/2  cup  warm water
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 minutes or until stiff. Cover bowl with damp paper towels and plastic wrap. Chill for up to 48 hours.

From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Tip:
  • Look for meringue powder in the cake decorating aisle of hobby and craft stores.
Nutrition Facts (Sugar Cookie Cutouts)
  • Servings Per Recipe 52,
  • cal. (kcal) 80,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 17,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 10,
  • Monounsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • sugar (g) 5,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 120,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 0,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 14,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 63,
  • Potassium (mg) 12,
  • calcium (mg) 6,
  • iron (mg) 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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