Decorated Poinsettia Cookies

Decorated Poinsettia Cookies
Yield: 30 cookies Prep 25 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 9 mins to 12 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 30 flat wooden dessert sticks (optional; see Note)
  • 1 cup red decorating sugar
  • 30 red and green M & M candies

Make It

1. Using freestanding electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat together butter, cream cheese and egg yolk in medium-size bowl until smooth; reserve egg white. Stir in flour and baking powder; mix until stiff dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

3. In small bowl, lightly beat the reserved egg white.

4. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface, roll one half into 15 x 9-inch rectangle. With sharp knife, cut dough into fifteen 3-inch squares. Place 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush each square with egg white. If using wooden sticks, lightly press about 1-1/2 inches of the end into bottom center of each dough square. With sharp knife, cut the dough diagonally from each corner to within 1/2 inch of center of each square.

5. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon red sugar over each square. Fold over alternate corners of square to center to form pinwheel; overlap dough at center, pushing down gently to seal in center. Press one M & M in center of each pinwheel. Repeat with remaining dough.

6. Bake in 350 degree F oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until cookies are set. Using a spatula, immediately transfer cookies to wire rack to cool. Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Makes 30 cookies.

Note:

7. Wooden dessert sticks available at NY Cake & Baking Supply, 800-942-253.