Square Ornament Sugar Cookies

Green candy-coated chocolate pieces and red tangy fruit-flavor candies add taste and style to square sugar cookies. Punch a hole in each cookie and string a few together for a cute centerpiece.

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  • Makes: 36 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Makes: 36 to 48 cookies
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Bake: 7 mins 375°F per batch

Square Ornament Sugar Cookies

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one dough portion at a time to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Using a 3-inch scalloped square cookie cutter, cut out dough. Using a beverage straw, cut a hole centered near one edge of each square. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. If necessary, while cookies are still hot, use the straw to re-form the hole in each cookie. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

To decorate:

  1. Outline and flood cookies with glaze-consistency red-tinted Royal Icing. While icing is still wet, decorate cookies with miniature green candy-coated chocolate pieces and 1-inch pieces of oblong red tangy fruit-flavor candies; let stand until set. If desired, thread hanging loop through each hole.

From the Test Kitchen

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.

Royal Icing

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined; beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing is very stiff. If not using right away, cover bowl with a damp paper towel and cover paper towel with plastic wrap; chill for up to 48 hours.

From the Test Kitchen

**Tip:

Meringue powder is a mixture of pasteurized dried egg whites, sugar, and edible gums. Look for it in the baking aisle of your supermarket or at a specialty food store.

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Nutrition Facts (Square Ornament Sugar Cookies)

  • Per serving:
  • 74 kcal ,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 1 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 15 mg chol. ,
  • 49 mg sodium ,
  • 10 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 4 g sugar ,
  • 1 g pro.
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