Homemade Animal Cookies

Homemade Animal Cookies
Yield: 1 dozen 3-inch animal cookies and 3 dozen small stars Prep 25 mins Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 10 mins to 12 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Food paste colors
  • Assorted colored sugars

Make It

1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl.

2. Beat butter, sugar, egg and lemon extract in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in flour mixture. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into 6-inch disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill at least 2 hours.

3. To bake, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.

4. Lightly flour dough. Roll half of dough between waxed paper to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out animals and small stars. Reroll scraps; cut out. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Bake in 350 degrees F oven 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly golden around edges. Cool cookies on baking sheet on wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.

6. Prepare icing. Stir in extra water, drop by drop, for good flowing consistency. Divide into batches; tint with different color. Spread over cookies. Dip into colored sugars. Let stand until dry and hardened.

Royal Icing:

7. Using packaged meringue powder, prepare 1 recipe Royal Icing according to package directions. Makes 3 to 4 cups. Meringue powder available in stores where decorating supplies are sold.