It's easy to change the flavor of this cookie dough. Swap the orange zest and juice with lemon, lime, or any combination of the three. Decorate with royal icing to dress up the cookies.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Credit: Carson Downing

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hands-on:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
48
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Citrus Sugar Cookie Eggs

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl beat butter with a mixer on medium to high 30 seconds. Add sugar, orange zest, and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, orange juice, vanilla, and salt until combined. Beat in flour. Divide dough into two or three portions. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough one portion at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness.

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  • Cut out egg shapes using 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. (Dip cutters into flour to prevent sticking.) Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm but not brown. (Adjust timing for smaller and larger cookies.) Let cool on a wire rack. Decorate with icing, if desired.

Royal Icing Tips
  • For piping-consistency royal icing: Transfer about 1 cup unthinned icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small round decorating tip (No. 2 or 3).

  • For icing-consistency royal icing: Thin icing with warm water (4 to 5 tsp. per cup of icing). Icing should fall in ribbons from a spoon, and ribbons should disappear into icing surface in the bowl in 10 to 15 seconds. Dip cookie surface in icing; place on a wire rack to set (about 6 hours). One cup thinned icing covers about 36 (2- to 3-inch) cookies.

Nutrition Facts (Citrus Sugar Cookie Eggs)

102 calories; total fat 6g; saturated fat 4g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 2g; cholesterol 19mg; sodium 86mg; potassium 13mg; carbohydrates 11g; fiber 0g; sugar 4g; protein 1g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 183IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 1mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 17mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 5mg; iron 0mg.

Choose-a-Color Royal Icing

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  • In a large mixing bowl stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the warm water and vanilla. Beat with a mixer on low until combined. Beat on high 7 to 10 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint as desired with food coloring. Makes about 4 cups. Store unthinned icing, covered, in refrigerator up to 2 days.

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*Note:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of large grocers or in the cake-decorating section of crafts stores.

Nutrition Facts (Choose-a-Color Royal Icing)

30 calories; total fat 0g; saturated fat 0g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 0mg; potassium 4mg; carbohydrates 8g; fiber 0g; sugar 7g; protein 0g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 0IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 0mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 0mg; iron 0mg.
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