Cinnamon Cardinal Cookies

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

  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 48

1/2
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup packed light brown sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
teaspoons ground cinnamon or cardamom
1/3
cup whipping cream
48
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.

Expert 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 bettycrocker.com, click on "How-To" then "Baking Basics" then "Rolled Cookies."

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
50
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
5mg
5%;
Sodium
20mg
20%;
Total Carbohydrate
6g
6%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
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.