Santa Face Cookies

Your kids can help decorate the Santa faces on these shaped sugar cookies.



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Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins
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Ingredients
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    recipe Royal Icing
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    Gel paste food coloring
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
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    2 1/2  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    1 1/2  teaspoons 
    baking powder
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    salt
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    1   cup 
    unsalted butter
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    3/4  cup 
    sugar
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    large egg yolks
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla extract

Royal Icing For Cookies
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    1   pound 
    confectioners sugar
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    5   tablespoons 
    meringue powder or powdered egg whites
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    1/3  cup 
    water
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    gel paste food coloring


Directions
1.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out dough and use a 2-by-3-1/2-inch raindrop cookie cutter to cut 18 cookies. Use a 1-1/2-inch round cutter to cut 18 cookies. Place drops and circles on separate baking sheets. Cut each circle in half and separate. Bake cookies until just golden, about 15 minutes for drops, about 10 minutes for cut circles. Cool completely.
2.
Color 2/3 cup Royal Icing red and 1/4 cup each pink and blue and place in pastry bags with tips. Fill another pastry bag with 1-1/4 cups white icing.
3.
Ice tops of drop cookies with red icing and bottoms and all half-circles with white icing. Allow icing to set, about 30 minutes. Adhere half-circles to drop cookies with icing to form a mustache. Pipe hat trim and tip with white icing. Pipe eyes and nose with blue and pink icing. Allow icing to set completely, at least 3 hours. Makes 18 cookies.
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
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Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl; set aside. In mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in yolks and vanilla. Add flour mixture and combine. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill 1 hour.
2.
Roll dough to 3/8 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut as desired. (Dough scraps can be re-rolled up to 2 times.) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies can be stored airtight for up to 5 days. Makes 36 two-inch cookies.

Royal Icing For Cookies
1.
Mix together sugar, meringue powder and 1/3 cup water on low speed to soft peaks, scraping down sides of bowl, about 10 minutes. (If not using immediately, store airtight at room temperature up to 3 days; stir before using.)
2.
Divide into bowls and color icing as desired. Transfer immediately into piping bags. Makes 2-1/2 cups.

Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 300, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 50, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 49, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 99, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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