Square Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Tree Branches

Put your frosting skills to the test with these tree branch designs. Cut sugar cookies into scalloped squares, flood with Royal Icing, and paint on green food coloring.

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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 Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Tree Branches

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- to 3-1/2-inch scalloped square cookie cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.
  4. Outline and flood cookies with glaze-consistency white Royal Icing. While icing is still wet, use a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip to pipe branches with glaze-consistency green-tinted Royal Icing onto cookies. Decorate branches as desired with red candy-coated chocolate pieces.

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 Sugar Cookie Cutouts with Tree Branches)

  • 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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