Sunday, December 20, 2009

Powdered Sugar Cutouts (Orange Peel Cookies)

1 Cup of Butter room temperature
1 and 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar (10x confectioners)
1 Egg
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Peel (or) Lemon Peel
2 and 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Egg Yolk Paint ...
1 egg yolk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of water
Assorted Food Colorings

In Medium bowl beat together butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and orange or lemon peel until light and fluffy. Add flour and baking powder, beating until blended. Wrap in clear saran wrap well and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. To bake cookies, preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick. With lightly floured cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Prepare egg yolk paint. Using pastry brush, brush on egg yolk paint..Sprinkle cookies with desired sprinkles. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to slightly brown. Remove cookies from baking sheets, cool on racks.

*This recipe doubles nicely


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