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Elf Cookies

 Elf Cookies
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.
28 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 10 teaspoons water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • Assorted food coloring
  • Assorted sprinkles, candies and almond slices

Directions

  • 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 1-3/4x3-1/4-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.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and meringue
  • powder; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 4-5
  • minutes or until stiff peaks form. Divide dough into portions and
  • tint as desired. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp
  • cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  • Frost and decorate cookies as desired with assorted sprinkles and
  • candies; add almonds for ears. Yield: 28 cookies.