Give-a-Hand Cookies

Give-a-Hand Cookies

Having a kids birthday party? Decorating already-baked hand cookies makes a fun activity and a delicious take-home treat.

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About 15 cookies

cup granulated sugar
cup butter or margarine, softened
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
teaspoon baking powder
teaspoon salt
Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
to 3 1/2 tablespoons milk
Decorations, if desired
Betty Crocker® decorating icings (in 4.25-oz tubes)
Assorted small candies
  1. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in vanilla and eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm.
  2. Make cardboard hand shape by tracing around hand placed on medium-weight cardboard or sturdy plastic designed for crafts; cut out shape.
  3. Heat oven to 400°F. On lightly floured cloth-covered surface, roll half of dough at a time 3/16 inch thick. Place hand shape on dough (or use hand-shaped cookie cutter); trace around hand with pastry wheel or knife. On ungreased cookie sheet, place hand shapes 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched in center. Carefully remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  5. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Spread glaze over cookies. Decorate as desired with icings and candies.
Makes About 15 cookies
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Bake cookies ahead. Wrap tightly; label and freeze up to 6 months. They'll be ready when you want to decorate them.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Cookie)
  • Calories 270
    • (Calories from Fat 90),
  • Total Fat 10g
    • (Saturated Fat 6g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 55mg;
  • Sodium 270mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 42g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 25g),
  • Protein 3g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 2 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;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.