Chirstmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

Recipe by: Paula Deen’s
Ingredients: Makes about 3 ½ dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 table spoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
Piped meringue frosting(recipe follows)
Meringue frosting (recipe follows)
Garnish: sugar sprinkles, non pareils

Procedures:
  • In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed with a mixer until fluff. Add eggs, one at time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, combne flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating until combined. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350F line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • On a heavily floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness. Using desired cutters. Cut out dough. (Dough scraps can be rerolled up to 3 times) place on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely on wire racks.
  • Spoon piped meringue frosting into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Outline desired shapes on cookies. Let stand for at least 2 hour or until frosting is dry.
  • Using the bakc of a spoon or a small clean paintbrush, paint cookies with Meringue frosting as desired. Let stand fro at least 2 hours or until frosting is dry. Store cookies in airtight containers up to 1 week.
Piped Meringue Frosting
Ingredients: Makes about 2 cups
¼ cup cold water
3 tablespoons meringue powder
2 cups confectioners sugar

Procedures:
  • In a medium bowl, beat ¼ cup water and meringue powder at medium speed with a mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. (frosting will be thick)
Meringue Frosting
Ingredients: Makes 1 ½ cups
¼ cup cold water
3 tablespoons meringue powder
2 cups confectioners sugar
Food coloring paste (assourted colors)

Procedures:
  • In a small bowl, whisk ¼ cup cold water and meringue powder until foamy. Gradually add sugar, whisking until smooth. Divide into small bowls, and tint with food coloring, stirring to achieve desired colors.
Chirstmas Sugar Cookies Recipe

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