Poinsettia Cookies

Poinsettia Cookies
Yield: 5 dozen cookies Prep 1 hr Chill 2 hrs Bake 350°F 6 mins to 8 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 9 cinnamon classic starlight candies, finely crushed (1/4 cup)
  • Royal Frosting (recipe follows)
  • Colored nonpareil sprinkles

Make It

1. Mix flour and salt in bowl.

2. Beat butter in another bowl until creamy, 3 minutes. Beat in sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg. Using wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture. Stir in candies. Divide dough in half; shape each half into 4 x 4-inch square. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

4. Roll out dough, half at a time, between 2 sheets of waxed paper into 12 x 10-inch rectangle, 1/8-inch thick. If dough is too soft, refrigerate until firm. Cut each half into 2-inch squares. For each square, cut diagonally from each corner toward center, about 3/4 inch. Turn down alternate corners of each cookie, placing tips in center to create a pinwheel effect. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake in 350 degree F oven 6 to 8 minutes or until firm; watch carefully so edges of cookies do not overbrown. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.

6. When cooled, fill pastry bag fitted with 1/4-inch writing or star tip with frosting. Pipe medium-size dot in center of each poinsettia. Dip frosting into sprinkles to cover dot. Let stand until set. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Royal Frosting

Ingredients

  • Powdered eggs whites equivalent to 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 - 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted

Make It

1. Using powdered egg whites, follow package directions for preparing equivalent of 1 egg white. In a bowl beat prepared egg white mixture and cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar; continue beating until thick and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Cover until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 56, Fat, total (g): 3, chol. (mg): 12, sat. fat (g): 2, carb. (g): 6, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 41, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.