Ice-Skate and Mitten Cookies

When it's too cold to play outside, let the kids decorate these shaped sugar cookies.

Ice-Skate and Mitten Cookies
Yield: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 recipe Royal Icing (see recipe below)
  • 24 mini candy canes
  • Pink decorating sugar
  • Blue decorating sugar
  • Yellow decorating sugar
  • Wilton jumbo rainbow nonpareils
  • Wilton jumbo diamond nonpareils
  • Pinch of unsweetened coconut

Make It

1. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla. With mixer on low speed, fold in flour until just blended. Shape dough into two 1-inch-thick disks; wrap in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. On a floured surface, roll each disk to a 1/4-inch thickness. Use 3-1/2-inch ice-skate and mitten cookie cutters (you can buy them at sugarcraft.com) to cut out 12 of each shape. Transfer cookies to ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes, or until golden. Let cool 3 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

3. To decorate the ice-skate cookies, spread with thin white Royal Icing; let dry at least four hours. Cover and refrigerate excess icing until ready to use. Cut off part of the curves of 2 mini candy canes and use icing to attach as blades. Tint the remaining royal icing with red or blue food coloring until it's pink or blue, then transfer 1 cup to a pastry bag with a #2 tip (available in craft stores and some supermarkets). Pipe tinted frosting over the white icing to create laces and other details. Decorate with pink or blue sugar and jumbo rainbow nonpareils; let dry completely.

4. To decorate mitten cookies, spread thin blue or pink royal icing on mittens, and use a pastry bag with a #2 tip to pipe thick white royal icing on cuffs. Decorate with jumbo rainbow nonpareils, yellow sugar, diamond sprinkles, and coconut while icing is still wet. Let dry completely.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

  • 1 16 ounce box confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons warm water

Make It

1. In large bowl, with mixer on low, beat together all ingredients until well combined. Increase speed to high, and continue beating until stiff peaks form. If not using immediately, press plastic wrap directly onto surface of icing and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. (Bring icing to room temperature before using.)