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Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle

 Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle
This clever confection s easy to make with store-bought cookie dough and is entirely edible to boot! Blanched almonds make it simple for little hands to grasp the puzzle Pieces, which are completely removable.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Blanched almonds
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Assorted food coloring, decorating gels and sprinkles


  • In a large bowl, combine cookie dough and flour. On a parchment
  • paper-lined surface, roll dough into a 14-in. x 11-in. rectangle.
  • With cookie cutters, cut out puzzle shapes. Slide a baking sheet
  • under the parchment paper and dough. Chill for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove shapes; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Place an almond on
  • its side into the center of each shape for a handle. Bake shapes at
  • 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown. While
  • still warm, recut shapes with the same cookie cutters to form neat
  • edges. (If cookies cool too quickly, return to oven until softened.)
  • Remove to wire racks; cool.
  • Bake large rectangular puzzle on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • for 12-13 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately recut
  • the shapes inside the puzzle to form neat edges. Cool completely on
  • a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla

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Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until smooth. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired. Frost
  • puzzle and shapes; decorate with decorating gel and sprinkles as
  • desired. Place puzzle shapes inside puzzle. Yield: 1 cookie
  • puzzle.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 153 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.