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Season's Best Sugar Cookies

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Season's Best Sugar Cookies

A classic sugar cookie recipe will become a treasured part of your recipe collection.

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  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 60

How to Ice/Pipe Holiday Cookies  

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How a cookie is decorated is what sets it apart from others.


You could go old school with frosting, sprinkles and candies, or you could make sugar cookies that look like they were iced by a pro.

The key to getting cookies with a smooth, shiny, sugary coat on top is using a piping bag with Royal Icing. This type of icing is made with just egg whites and powdered sugar, plus whatever kind of coloring or flavoring you'd like to add. It's ideal for the job because it hardens to a candy-like consistency so it won't smudge.



To begin, make a batch of simple cookies, like Season's Best Sugar Cookies (sans the glaze). Cut them into shapes, bake and let them cool completely.

While they cool, make your icing, but make it with a little less liquid than the recipe calls for. Fill a piping bag with a number 3 size tip with just a bit of icing – you're only going to use a little of it for the first step. Outline your cookie with the stiff icing and let it dry completely.

Next, add coloring and flavoring to your icing, which should thin it out. You want it to be to the point where it spreads a bit when you pipe it out, but not so thin that it runs. If it's still too thick, add a couple drops of water.

When you've got your icing right, put it in a piping bag with a number 2 tip. Fill the area that you've outlined on your cookie. Some bakers refer to this as "flooding." You can also put a piping tip on a small plastic bottle, if you find that the thin icing is difficult to maneuver in a bag.

After you've flooded all your cookies, let them dry overnight. After they've hardened, you can pipe dots, stripes or other designs on them.

This icing is also great for decorating gingerbread men and simply drawing fun designs on your holiday cookies. Have fun with these recipes and techniques to make your holiday cookies stand out among the rest.

 



 
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Season's Best Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/2
teaspoon almond extract
1
egg
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon cream of tartar

White Glaze

2
cups powdered sugar
2
tablespoons milk
1/4
teaspoon almond extract

Sprinkles

Red edible glitter or red sugar

Directions

  • 1 In large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and the butter with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract and the egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.
  • 2 Heat oven to 375°F. On lightly floured cloth-covered surface, roll half of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. On ungreased cookie sheets, place 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  • 4 Mix glaze ingredients until smooth and desired spreading consistency, adding a few extra drops milk if needed. Spread glaze over cookies. Sprinkle with sugars.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
80
(
Calories from Fat
30),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
3%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
45mg
45%;
Total Carbohydrate
11g
11%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Tips  

Expert Tips

When you're making cutout cookies, always work with well-chilled dough. Cold dough rolls out smoothly, with less sticking. The cookies are easy to cut, remove, and transfer to baking sheets, and they hold their shape in the oven.

To purchase edible glitter, go to sweetc.com and search for edible glitter.

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