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Penguin Cutouts

 Penguin Cutouts
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
36 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Directions (continued)

  • Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire
  • racks to cool.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 www.wilton.com. The penguin cookie cutter is from Copper Gifts. Call 1-620/421-0654 or visit www.coppergifts.com.