Cinnamon Cardinal Cookies

Cinnamon Cardinal Cookies

Guests will grab cute cardinal cookies perched on your holiday cookie tray, especially once they taste the subtle cinnamon flavor!

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cup butter, softened
cup packed light brown sugar
teaspoon vanilla
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon or cardamom
cup whipping cream
miniature chocolate chips
Red, black and yellow decorator sugar crystals
  1. In large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; stir in vanilla. In small bowl, stir together flour, soda and cinnamon. On low speed, beat flour mixture into butter mixture alternately with cream. Divide dough in half. Wrap halves in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray or grease 2 large cookie sheets. On lightly floured surface, roll half of dough at a time about 1/8 inch thick. Using 3-inch lightly floured cardinal-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place on cookie sheets.
  3. Place miniature chocolate chip on each for eye. Sprinkle top of back, crown, tail and wing of each bird with red sugar crystals, neck and eye with black sugar crystals, and beak with yellow sugar crystals. Leave bottom breast of bird without sugar.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until light brown and set.
Makes 4 dozen cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Kitchen Tips
If you don’t have a cardinal-shaped cookie cutter, trace the outline of a cardinal from a coloring book, bird book or find one online and cut it out. Use a small paring knife in the dough to cut around outline to form the bird.
For helpful tips on making cutout cookies, visit, click on "How-To" then "Baking Basics" then "Rolled Cookies."

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 50
    • (Calories from Fat 25),
  • Total Fat 2 1/2g
    • (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 5mg;
  • Sodium 20mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 0g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 0 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 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:
    • 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.