Feathered Friend Cookies Recipe
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Feathered Friend Cookies Recipe

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The sky's the limit when you fix a flock of these tempting treats. Let your imagination soar as egg yolk glaze transforms plain sugar cookies into fanciful winged wonders.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 to 6 egg yolks
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • paste or gel food coloring

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 178 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, sour cream and extracts. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 4-in. bird cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. For each color of glaze, beat 1 egg yolk and 1/4 teaspoon water in a custard cup; tint with paste food coloring. Decorate cookies as desired. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1-2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Any sugar cookie dough can be used to make these cookies.
Originally published as Feathered Friend Cookies in Quick Cooking May/June 1999, p37

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