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Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies

 Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies
The holidays just wouldn't be the same without cutout cookies. This easy recipe yields cookies so soft they'll melt in your mouth. Have fun baking them in your favorite holiday shapes! —Cathy Hall, Phoenix, Arizona
42 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 5 min./batch + cooling


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • Green, red and yellow food coloring


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour. Divide
  • dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to
  • handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of dough to
  • 3/16-in. thickness. Cut with floured cookie cutters. Place 2 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 5-7 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes
  • before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat
  • with remaining dough.

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Nice 'n' Soft Sugar Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the confectioners' sugar, water
  • and meringue powder on low speed just until combined. Beat on high
  • for 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Add corn syrup; beat 1
  • minute longer.
  • Tint with food coloring of your choice. Cover frosting with damp
  • paper towels or plastic wrap between uses. Spread and/or pipe
  • frosting on cookies. Let stand until set. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor’s Note: As a substitute for each cup of self-rising flour, place 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1 cup. As a substitute for each 1/2 cup of self-rising flour, place 3/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a 1/2-cup measuring cup. Add all-purpose flour to measure 1/2 cup. Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit