Makes: 212 dozen. Prep: 10 minutes. Bake: at 350° for 11 to 13 minutes.

Source: Family Circle
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Edible Ornaments

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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350°F. Line 3 cookie sheets with nonstick foil. Knead dough and flour together until smooth.

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  • Roll out dough to scant 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes; transfer to foil-lined cookie sheets. Using smaller cutters, cut out centers of cookies. Repeat with remaining dough. Use a straw to make a small hole in the top of each cookie.

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  • Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are golden and almost cooked through. Remove sheets from oven. Meanwhile, place like-colored candies in plastic bags. Using a small saucepan or hammer, crush candies.

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  • Fill cutouts with candy pieces. Return cookie sheets to oven for 2 to 3 minutes longer or until candies are melted and smooth. Do not overbake or candies will lose their color. Transfer sheets to wire racks. Cool completely. Peel cookies from foil.

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  • Pipe decorative patterns on cookies using different color icing. Let icing dry about 2 hours or until firm.

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  • Tie a ribbon through hole. Hang as an ornament or near a window. Note: For cutters, visit coppergifts.com or downtowndough.com.


Royal Icing

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  • Beat together confectioners sugar, powdered egg whites and water for 7 minutes, until fluffy and consistency of sour cream. Divide into thirds. Tint one-third green, one-third red and leave the last plain. Spoon each color icing into a pastry bag fitted with a small, plain tip.

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