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Cookie Ornaments

 Cookie Ornaments
What a welcome gift these fun frosted ornaments will make. But beware…the ginger-flavored cookies are so appetizing, they might never make it to the tree! —Patricia Slater, Baldwin, Ontario
48 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10/batch

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring and colored sprinkles, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and
  • vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, ginger, salt and cloves;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour
  • or until easy to handle.
  • Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each
  • portion to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie
  • cutters. Using a floured spatula, place cookies 1 in. apart on

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Cookie Ornaments (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • ungreased baking sheets. With a straw, make a hole about 1/2 in.
  • from the top of each cookie. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or
  • until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and
  • enough milk to achieve frosting consistency. Frost cookies. Decorate
  • with tinted frosting and colored sprinkles if desired. Let dry
  • completely. Thread ribbon or string through holes. Yield: about 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 77 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 47 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.