Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

Winter Sugar Cookie Cutouts
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  • Ingredients
    1 large EGG, room temperature
    2 large EGG yolks, room temperature
    1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    ICING:
    2 2/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    2 Tbsp. meringue powder
    2 Tbsp. softened butter
    4 Tbsp. water

    Yields: 4 dozen cookies

  • Nutritional Information

    Per serving: 1 cookie (1/48 of recipe)

    Calories: 109

    Total fat: 5 g
    Saturated fat: 3 g
    Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
    Monounsaturated fat: 1 g

    Cholesterol: 23 mg
    Sodium: 27 mg
    Carbohydrates: 16 g
    Fiber: 0 g
    Sugar: 11 g
    Protein: 1 g
    Vitamin A: 41 mcg
    Vitamin D: 0 mcg
    Folate: 14 mcg
    Choline: 11 mg
    Calcium: 4 mg
    Iron: 0 mg
    Potassium: 11 mg

Directions

  1. BEAT butter, granulated sugar and vanilla in mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. ADD egg and egg yolks; BEAT on low speed until blended. Gradually ADD flour and salt, beating just until blended.

  2. REFRIGERATE dough, wrapped in plastic wrap, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

  3. HEAT oven to 350° F. WORK with half of the dough at a time, keeping remaining dough refrigerated. ROLL out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. CUT out cookie shapes using cookie cutters; PLACE 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined or ungreased baking sheets. BAKE until edges are lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. COOL on baking sheets 1 minute. REMOVE to wire racks; COOL completely.

  4. FOR ICING: COMBINE powdered sugar, meringue powder, butter and water in mixer bowl. BEAT on high speed until light and fluffy, 6 to 8 minutes. If icing is too thick, THIN with small amounts of additional water.

Insider Info

  • Chilled dough is easier to handle and holds its shape better.
  • Roll the dough, cut out the shapes and put the entire baking sheet in the fridge for a few minutes before baking.
  • Divide icing among small bowls; tint with food coloring as desired. Ice cookies and sprinkle with colored sugars, sprinkles or nuts.