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Elf and Friends Gingerbread Cookies

Red Hot Holiday Trends - It’s a little-known fact that gingerbread men and the Elf on the Shelf® are fast friends. Of course, elves are always a little trickier to find. So if yours goes missing, we suggest checking the cookie jar!

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  • Prep Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Ingredients

1
pouch Betty Crocker® gingerbread cookie mix
Butter, water and egg called for on cookie mix pouch
1/2
container (1-lb size) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla or creamy white frosting
Few drops red food color
1
bottle (2 oz) Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors red cinnamon candies
2
blue mini confetti sprinkles
Betty Crocker® black decorating gel (from 0.68-oz tube)

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Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, water and egg until soft dough forms.
  • 2 On generously floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2-inch gingerbread person cookie cutter. On ungreased cookie sheets, place cutouts 2 inches apart. Using a bit of remaining dough, create elf hat by cutting triangle 1 inch long. Place hat on top of head of 1 gingerbread cookie.
  • 3 Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the frosting with food color to desired red color. Place remaining frosting into decorating bag fitted with round tip. Pipe white frosting on cookies. Use red frosting, sprinkles and decorating gel to decorating the 1 elf’s hat and face. Decorate all with cinnamon candies.

EXPERT TIPS

Expert Tips

You can bake the cookies and store them undercoated tightly covered in the freezer for up to two months.

Where's the elf? Surprise the kids with a playful elf cookie hanging out with his gingerbread friends.

Can't find gingerbread cookie mix? This recipe can also be made with Betty Crocker® molasses cookie mix.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
160
(
Calories from Fat
60),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
7g
7%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
160mg
160%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
15g
15%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1/2 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 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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