Give-a-Hand Cookies

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

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 20 min
  • Servings 15

Ingredients

Cookies

1
cup granulated sugar
3/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1
teaspoon vanilla
2
eggs
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
teaspoon salt

Powdered Sugar Glaze

1 1/2
cups powdered sugar
3
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.

Expert Tips

Bake cookies ahead. Wrap tightly; label and freeze up to 6 months. They'll be ready when you want to decorate them.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
270
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
55mg
55%;
Sodium
270mg
270%;
Total Carbohydrate
42g
42%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
25g
25%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
6%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
4%;
Iron
6%;
Exchanges:
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.