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    Sugar Cookie

    Prep Time 10 minutes

    Cook Time 10 minutes

    by Anne Coleman

    What you’ll need

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    2/3 cup butter – softened
    1/4 cup powdered sugar
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Notes:Makes 2 dozen cookies

    How to make it

    Heat oven to 375° F.

    Cream together butter and sugar until light.

    Add vanilla and egg and stir until well combined.

    Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until a soft dough forms.

    Shape dough into a flat disc and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before rolling.

    Dust rolling surface with an equal mixture of all-purpose flour and powdered sugar. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.

    Place cut cookies onto a baking sheet prepared with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper.

    Decorate with colored sugar or other decorations as desired.

    Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden.

    Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes.

     

    Chocolate Crinkles

    What you’ll need

    3/4 cup butter, melted

    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 cup sugar

    2 large eggs

    2 tsp. vanilla extract

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 tsp. baking powder

    1 tsp. baking soda

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1 6-oz. bag semisweet chocolate chips

    3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

    How to make it

    In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, cocoa powder and sugar; beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

    In a medium-sized bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly mix in the wet ingredients, then stir in the chips. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll in confectioners’ sugar. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 12 minutes. Makes 25 to 35 cookies.

    Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

     

    Mickey Snowman Cookies

    What you’ll need

    Batch of sugar cookie dough *

    Flour

    Wax paper

    Rolling pin

    Round cookie or fondant cutters, one 2-inch and one 3-inch (or smaller sizes)

    Small pastry brush and water

    Spatula

    Baking sheet

    Wire cooling rack

    White cookie icing (the type that hardens when it sets)

    Kitchen knife

    Currants or raisins for snowmen eyes

    Orange candies for noses (such as Mike and Ike candy)

    Mini chocolate chips for grins

    Small green candies for buttons (such as M&Ms or jelly beans)

    Cocoa candy melts

    Ramekin or other small microwavable container to heat the Candy Melts

    Small chocolate candies for ears (such as Junior Mints)

    Red fruit snack (such as Fruit by the Foot)

    Kitchen scissors

    Notes:Homemade sugar cookie recipes tend to work best for these cookies. If you don’t already have a favorite, try a Classic Sugar Cookie Dough recipe that’s especially tasty and reliable. If you choose one of the ready-made refrigerated dough sold at grocery stores, keep in mind that they tend to spread. You may want to knead in additional flour to stiffen it and then bake a single cookie to see how the dough holds up. If it still loses shape, try kneading in a bit more flour and then chilling the cookies before you bake them.

    How to make it

    Working on a flour-dusted piece of wax paper, roll out the dough 3/8 inch thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut out an equal number of larger and smaller circles.

    Assemble each snowman cookie by using the smaller cutter to cut a curved notch in the top of a larger circle, as shown. Then moisten the cut edge with a bit of water. Fit the smaller circle into the notch and gently press the dough together at the seam to help it stick together.

    Use a spatula to transfer the assembled snowmen to a baking sheet and bake the cookies according to the recipe directions. Allow the baked cookies to cool briefly on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Working with one cookie at a time, spread white cookie icing on each and gently press currant eyes, a candy nose, a chocolate chip grin, and candy buttons in place before the frosting sets. Set the cookies aside for a few hours to let the icing harden.

    Melt a handful of cocoa candy melts according to the package directions. Again working with one cookie at a time, dip the top of each snowman’s head into the melted candy and then set it on a sheet of wax paper. For each ear, place two chocolate candies back-to-back and gently press them into the melted candy at the top of the head, as shown. As the candy melts re-harden, the mint ears will stick in place.

    Finally, cut a long scarf-length strip from the red fruit snack and fringe the ends. Wrap the scarf around the snowman’s neck, crossing one end over the other to hold it in place.

    Enjoy and Happy Holidays!



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