Penguin Cutouts Recipe
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Penguin Cutouts Recipe

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Your children can help decorate these cute Christmas cookies. It's a great way to get them involved in the kitchen. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • Orange, black and red and/or green paste food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in sour cream. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough into three balls; cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove one portion of dough from the refrigerator at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. penguin cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Cover frosting with damp paper towels or plastic wrap between uses.
  5. Set aside half of frosting. Tint half of the remaining frosting black. Divide remaining frosting in half; tint one orange and the other red and/or green.
  6. Working quickly with the black frosting, pipe outlines of the penguins' bodies; fill in with thinned black frosting. Let dry at room temperature for several hours or until firm. Fill in centers of penguins with thinned white frosting; let dry until firm.
  7. Add eyes with the black and white frostings, orange noses and feet and red and/or green scarves. Let stand until set. Add white polka dots on the scarves. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit The penguin cookie cutter is from Copper Gifts. Call 1-620/421-0654 or visit
Originally published as Penguin Cutouts in Christmas Cookies & Candies 2009 2009, p19

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Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"Also to all -

These cookies are delicious! I did not make penguins for lack of a penguin-shaped cutter, but I made other Christmas shapes like snowflakes and Christmas trees, and the decorating, which I did with my younger sister, was fun and turned out well! Highly recommend for bonding experiences!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012


That is true, but your opinion is useless if you haven't actually tried the recipe. Like frelichc said, the point is to show other people what your experience with the recipe was like - if you've had no experience, it's not worth sharing.
Maybe it is you who should lighten up."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"Lighten up people, everyone us entitled to their opinion. What would be the point of a review if TOH were to censor the opinions.k"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"If you haven't made the recipe please don't write a review. I don't care for your opinion on how hard you THINK the cookies might be to make. I want to know if they are good and worth the effort....that would be more useful.</p>"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"I made these last year with my Mom and my then 4 year old daughter. We had so much fun and my daughter was so proud of her cookies that we weren't allowed to eat them until Santa got his and the rest of ours were gone! lol We will be making these again since it is all I have heard about from my daughter since Halloween! What a great new tradition and memories have come from these cute cookies! Merry Christmas to you all!"

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