Cookie Angels Recipe
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Cookie Angels Recipe

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These easy to assemble angels are sure to be popular with kids of all ages!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 36 miniature pretzels
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting, divided
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • Brown paste food coloring
  • 18 yellow Life Savers
  • 10 green Life Savers, crushed
  • Decorating gels

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 283 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Set aside 1/2 cup of dough; divide remaining dough into three portions.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion into a 6-in. circle; cut each into six wedges. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets.
  3. For angel heads, roll teaspoonfuls of reserved dough into 18 balls; lightly press onto pointed end of each wedge. Press a pretzel into each side for wings.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For hair, in a small bowl, beat 1/4 cup vanilla frosting and confectioners' sugar until smooth; tint with food coloring. Press dough through a garlic press. Trim strands to desired length; place on heads. For halos, attach yellow Life Savers.
  6. Frost gowns with remaining frosting; sprinkle with crushed Life Savers. Use decorating gels to add faces. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cookie Angels in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p17

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illerut User ID: 172685 257734
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"These cookies were a lot of effort, but they wern't good tasting and fell apart. Don't waste your time!"

1Chateya User ID: 7031441 145518
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"dip the pretzels in melted white chocolate for the 'white wings' effect"

Courtknee User ID: 6351915 144095
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2011

"these are fun to make with kids,very hands on."

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