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Spring Garden Cookie Puzzle

 Spring Garden Cookie Puzzle
Ready to roll out the cookie dough and create an edible masterpiece? Kids of all ages will love making this fun-to-paint, even-more-fun-to-eat cookie puzzle. Who said it's bad manners to play with your food? —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
24 ServingsPrep 45 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Blanched almonds
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Assorted colored sugars and food coloring of your choice

Directions

  • Let cookie dough stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to
  • soften. In a large bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until blended.
  • On a parchment paper-lined surface, roll dough into a 14x11-in.
  • rectangle. With cookie cutters, cut out puzzle shapes. Slide a
  • baking sheet under the parchment paper and dough. Chill 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Remove shapes and place on an
  • ungreased baking sheet. Place an almond on its side into the center
  • of each shape for a handle. Bake shapes 7-10 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,
  • warm in oven to soften.) Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  • Bake large rectangular puzzle on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet
  • 12-16 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately recut the
  • shapes inside the puzzle to form neat edges. Cool completely on a

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Spring Garden Cookie Puzzle (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough
  • milk to achieve desired consistency. Frost puzzle and shapes with
  • some of the frosting; decorate with sugars. Tint remaining frosting;
  • pipe as desired. Place puzzle shapes inside puzzle. Yield: 1 cookie
  • puzzle.