Spooky Sugar Cookies

Spooky Sugar Cookies
Yield: about 20 (3-inch) cookies Bake 350°F 9 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • Royal Icing (recipe follows)
  • Paste food colors OR: soft gel paste food colors

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Knead flour into dough in bowl. Roll dough out 1/4 inch thick. Using assorted cutters, cut out shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets. Gather scraps; repeat.

2. Bake in 350 degree F oven 9 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool on rack.

3. Prepare icing. Divide into batches; tint with food color. Coat cookies with thinned icing. Let dry. Decorate with thicker icing, piping with pastry bag fitted with writing tip. Makes about 20 (3-inch) cookies.

Royal Icing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder or powdered egg whites
  • 4 cups (1-pound box) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons water

Make It

1. Beat meringue powder, confectioners sugar, and water in bowl until peaks form, 10 minutes (makes 3 cups; repeat recipe if necessary). Divide icing in half. Base coat: Thin half of icing with water, a drop at a time, until consistency of honey. Use thicker half for piping.