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Apple Cutout Sugar Cookies

Not only are these pretty cookies fun to serve, but they bake up delicate and flaky and taste wonderful. Even the dough is a treat to work with - so easy to roll out and cut. -Marlys Benning, Ackley, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Red and green food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients in order given and mix well. Chill dough 2-3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with an apple-shaped cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
  • For frosting, combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a small bowl. Transfer three fourths of the frosting into another bowl; add red food coloring for apples. Add green food coloring to remaining frosting for stems. Frost cookies. Allow to sit overnight for frosting to harden.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 191 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 137mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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