Decorate-Before-You-Bake Cookies

Simply delicious sugar cookies are decorated before baking. So they come out of the oven ready to be added to your cookie tray!

  • Prep Time 50 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 72

Ingredients

Cookies

3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup sugar
1
egg
1 3/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
tablespoons sugar

Decorating Mixture

1/2
cup butter or margarine, softened
3
teaspoons milk
1/2
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
4
drops red food color
4
drops green food color

  • 1 In large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Stir in 1 3/4 cups flour, the baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Knead dough into smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix 1/2 cup butter, the milk and 1/2 cup flour with fork until well mixed. Divide mixture in half. Stir red food color into 1 half and green food color into other half. Spoon each mixture into decorating bag fitted with small writing tip; set aside.
  • 3 Heat oven to 375°F. Shape 1 half of the cookie dough into 3/4-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. In small bowl, measure 2 tablespoons sugar. Dip bottom of glass into sugar, and use to flatten each ball into 1 1/2-inch round. Pipe colored mixture from decorating bags on each cookie in various holiday designs. Repeat with remaining half of dough.
  • 4 Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Immediately remove to cooling rack.

Expert Tips

If you don't have decorating bags and tips, use small resealable food-storage plastic bags. Cut off the tip of one corner for piping.

Need inspiration? Pipe on a tree, star, candy cane, gift, holly, garland, snowflakes or holiday tree decorations.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
50
(
Calories from Fat
30),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 1/2g
3 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
10mg
10%;
Sodium
40mg
40%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
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.