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Crisp Button Cookies

Almost too cute to eat but too sweet to resist, these clever cookies take minutes to make. They’ll disappear as quickly! Bonnie Buckley - Kansas City, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Assorted food coloring, optional
  • Multicolored pull-and-peel licorice

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt and cardamom; gradually beat into creamed mixture. If desired, divide dough into portions; tint with food coloring. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. With the top of a 1/4-cup measuring cup dipped in flour, press an indented edge into each cookie. Using a plastic straw, cut out four holes near the center of the cookie.
  • Bake 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Lace licorice through the holes in each button; trim licorice.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 78 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.
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  • sunkistrose
    Sep 12, 2013

    very nicely done