Penguin Cutouts Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 4 teaspoons meringue powder
- Orange, black and red and/or green paste food coloring
- 1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in sour cream. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough into three balls; cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until easy to handle.
- 2. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove one portion of dough from the refrigerator at a time. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-in. penguin cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- 3. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
- 4. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Cover frosting with damp paper towels or plastic wrap between uses.
- 5. Set aside half of frosting. Tint half of the remaining frosting black. Divide remaining frosting in half; tint one orange and the other red and/or green.
- 6. Working quickly with the black frosting, pipe outlines of the penguins' bodies; fill in with thinned black frosting. Let dry at room temperature for several hours or until firm. Fill in centers of penguins with thinned white frosting; let dry until firm.
- 7. Add eyes with the black and white frostings, orange noses and feet and red and/or green scarves. Let stand until set. Add white polka dots on the scarves. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 1-800/794-5866 or visit www.wilton.com. The penguin cookie cutter is from Copper Gifts. Call 1-620/421-0654 or visit www.coppergifts.com.
Reviews for Penguin Cutouts
"Also to all -These cookies are delicious! I did not make penguins for lack of a penguin-shaped cutter, but I made other Christmas shapes like snowflakes and Christmas trees, and the decorating, which I did with my younger sister, was fun and turned out well! Highly recommend for bonding experiences!"
"@Lindyb1That is true, but your opinion is useless if you haven't actually tried the recipe. Like frelichc said, the point is to show other people what your experience with the recipe was like - if you've had no experience, it's not worth sharing.Maybe it is you who should lighten up."
"Lighten up people, everyone us entitled to their opinion. What would be the point of a review if TOH were to censor the opinions.k"
"If you haven't made the recipe please don't write a review. I don't care for your opinion on how hard you THINK the cookies might be to make. I want to know if they are good and worth the effort....that would be more useful.</p>"
"I made these last year with my Mom and my then 4 year old daughter. We had so much fun and my daughter was so proud of her cookies that we weren't allowed to eat them until Santa got his and the rest of ours were gone! lol We will be making these again since it is all I have heard about from my daughter since Halloween! What a great new tradition and memories have come from these cute cookies! Merry Christmas to you all!"
"Bracious, can you come over to my house and help me with my baking?Please tell your parents on behalf of the rest of us that they have raised a truly talented and wonderful young person. I was very impressed that you were able to make your points so clearly. Bravo!!"
"To salty1 and Lindyb1Just one question. Are you you the Grinch before your hearts grew more sizes? The intro to the recipe says that the kids can help DECORATE the cookies. When I was in cooking school, for a fund raising for charity we did a cookie decorating party for children. We baked the cookies (sold them for 1$ each) and provided all the frosting, smarties, and sprinkles etc). We showed the kids (aged 4 to 15) how to use piping bags and let them rip. Some of the results were truly horrendous but beautiful because they came from the heart of a child. It was one one most fun and satisfying days of my life. They had fun and so did we. Learn to lighten up a bit."
"Oh and to further my post, Don't rate it 1 star because you think the description of,"Your children can HELP decorate these cute Christmas cookies." Is ridiculous. It clearly says "help" not do it by themselves. And where did it say that the Children have to make them all by themselves. If your going to make cookies with your children, Obviously you would be in the kitchen SUPERVISING them. And for older children (I'm talking 12+) I'm pretty sure that most have a basic knowledge of Kitchen Etiquette, and they could need no supervision at all. Im glad that a large amount of you stand by my side on this topic, And I thank you. Yes, for young children, this may a complicated recipe. But NEVER underestimate kids like me. Thats the worst thing you can do to your children."
"I already wrote a review, but don't see it posted, so maybe I screwed up. I will make this recipe with my grandkids, maybe even use a cartoon cookie cutter, and let them decorate anyway they want. all four of them are under 7, and no matter how the cookies may look, they will be proud of there accomplishment.makin and decorating the cookies is half the fun (showing them off is the other half) Christmas is all about the little kids, so let's enjoy them."
"Wow... Salty and Lindy are just FULL of Christmas cheer!! The crew at TOH were just giving you another new idea for something different!! Lighten up....geez-o-peet's!!"
"This is the third recipe I have recently viewed that had a slew of negative comments. I wish Taste of Home would edit comments before posted, as the negativity is not needed and turning me off of using this site!"
"OMG arguing over something that silly! Be glad we got the recipe and the directions are just guidelines. Decorate them as you wish. You are right when you are working with kids it is about the bonding and the memories not the finished project. My niece is only 9 but would decorate it as best she could and I wouldn't complain I would just be proud of her!!!!!!!!"
"HIGH FIVE to Bracious!!!"
"And lastly, i would like to point out. You don't HAVE to make them with your kids anyways. If you want to doubt your kid's culinary talent, then please be my guest. But for those of you willing to make these with your kids and express their talents, I admire you."
"I haven't tried this recipe yet, BUT. You two are horribly underestimating the abilities kids have with decorating. Sure they might not be able to make cookies that look JUST like that. But it will quite similar, if you show them the steps. I, in fact, am a kid, and to me you are RIDICULOUS. I can make candies far beyond your cooking skill I can almost guarantee. Cookies as well. This is hurtful. Why do you underestimate us?"
"Kids may not be able to make them look exactly like the picture (and to be honest most adults won't either), but that's not the point. Kids and parents will enjoy the time together decorating Christmas cookies. It's always a lot of fun and it will be the quality time that kids will remember, not how the cookies looked!"
"I agree. These cookies are too hard for kids to do, even with supervision. I am an adult, and I would have a problem. Kids don't have that much patience either, Their idea of decorating is to spread with frosting and add sprinkles, and chocolate chips for eyes."
"I have to say this is ridiculous. Kids will never be able to make the cookies look like the penguin cookies in the photo and will be extremely disappointed."