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Cookie Lei

 Cookie Lei
Capture the spirit of Hawaiian hospitality with this sweet make-ahead lei that even kids can help assemble. Start with packaged butter cookies, frost them to create brilliant blooms, then thread them on shoestring licorice to resemble a traditional floral necklace.
10 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + drying

Ingredients

  • 1-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4-1/2 to 6 teaspoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Purple and deep pink gel or paste food coloring
  • 21 butter cookies with cutout centers
  • Yellow colored sugar
  • 1 piece shoestring licorice (30 inches)

Directions

  • In a bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, water, corn syrup and
  • vanilla until smooth. Evenly divide frosting among three bowls. Tint
  • one purple and one pink; leave the remaining frosting white. Frost
  • cookie tops. Immediately dip the white frosted cookies in colored
  • sugar. Let stand, uncovered, until dry, about 6 hours.
  • String cookies onto licorice piece, forming a lei. Store in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 21 cookies (1 lei.).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 276 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 144 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.