Add a twist to your classic sugar cookie recipe. Pretzels make the perfect wings and add a salty kick to the otherwise sweet treat.


Pretzel-Winged Angel Sugar Cookies



  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, 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. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion at a time to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 4- to 5-inch-long gingerbread girl cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

  • For each angel, place 2 large pretzels and 1 small pretzel on parchment paper. Melt vanilla-flavor candy coating; spoon melted coating into holes of pretzels. Sprinkle wet coating with yellow and white nonpareils; chill until set.

To decorate:

  • Outline and flood cookies as desired with glaze-consistency white and yellow-tinted Royal Icing. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe hair, shoes, and outlines of coats with frosting-consistency yellow icing. Decorate coats with small yellow star-shape sprinkles. Using melted candy coating, attach 2 coating-filled regular-size pretzels for wings and 1 coating-filled tiny pretzel for a halo on each angel.

To Store:

Layer cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (Pretzel-Winged Angel Sugar Cookies)

74 calories; 4 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 15 mg cholesterol; 49 mg sodium. 11 mg potassium; 10 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 1 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 97 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 12 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 10 mg calcium; 0 mg iron;