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Sugar Doves Recipe

Sugar Doves Recipe

"I enjoy making these beautiful cookies and I love to spend a cold evening decorating them." Pretty little sugar doves are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! - Peggy Preston, Fenton, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:90 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 4-1/2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • Miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and vanilla.
  • 2. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 3-in. bird-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine shortening, confectioners' sugar, milk, extracts and enough water to achieve spreading consistency.
  • 5. Frost cookies. Arrange almonds over the bodies and walnuts over the heads. Add chocolate chip eyes. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 145 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.