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Decorate-Before-You-Bake Cookies

Decorate-Before-You-Bake Cookies
  • Prep 50 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 72
Simply delicious sugar cookies are decorated before baking. So they come out of the oven ready to be added to your cookie tray!
Updated November 19, 2009
Make With
Make With
Gold Medal Flour

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

Steps

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
50
Calories from Fat
30
Total Fat
3 1/2g
5%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
10mg
4%
Sodium
40mg
2%
Potassium
10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
5g
2%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
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 Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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