Elf Cookies Recipe
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Elf Cookies Recipe

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A sweet frosting glaze, colorful candies and well-placed almond slices turn these sugar cookie diamonds into a big batch of Santa’s helpers. TIP: Bake a batch of the adorable elves as a classroom treat or use a few to brighten each of your cookie trays.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:28 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 28 servings


  • 1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, divided
  • 6 drops red food coloring, divided
  • 168 assorted M&M's minis (about 1/4 cup)
  • 56 almond slices (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 56 brown M&M's minis (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 28 red M&M's minis (about 2 teaspoons)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until combined. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 1-3/4-in. x 3-1/4-in. diamond cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  2. For one batch of glaze, in a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 4-1/2 teaspoons milk and 1/4 teaspoon extract. Remove 1 tablespoon glaze to another bowl. Tint remaining glaze with 3 drops food coloring.
  3. Working with one cookie at a time, spread red glaze over top half of cookie. Place one M&M at top for tassel and five M&M's across edge of glaze for hat brim. For ears, place two almonds above M&M's on each end. Dip M&M's minis in plain glaze; place brown bits on cookie for eyes and a red bit for nose. Repeat with 13 more cookies.
  4. Make second batch of glaze with remaining confectioners' sugar, milk, extract and food coloring. Decorate remaining cookies as above. Yield: 28 cookies.
Originally published as Elf Cookies in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p20

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