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Frosted Spice Cutouts

 Frosted Spice Cutouts
The spicy taste of these cutouts is a festive change of pace from ordinary sugar cookies. Everyone in our house favors them.
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • Red and green paste food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter, oil and sugar. Combine flour, baking powder,
  • cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • Beat in milk. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 8
  • hours or overnight (dough will be soft). On a lightly floured
  • surface, roll out one portion at a time to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut
  • into desired shapes. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to brown.
  • Remove to wire racks. For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar and
  • water in a bowl. Add food coloring if desired. Frost cooled cookies.
  • Yield: about 4 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 255 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 74 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.