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Holiday Cookie Cutouts

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From EatingWell:  Fall 2002

There is no need to wait for December to enjoy crisp sugar cookies in fanciful shapes. Capture the spirit of fall by baking maple leaf- or pumpkin-shaped cookies. And when the festive season arrives, have fun with holiday shapes like stars and wreaths. Use the Cinnamon-Sugar Topping for crisp cookies that make perfect teatime treats or finish with Decorator Icing for more elaborate cookies.

32 cookies | Active Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 3 hours (including chilling time)

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Puree tofu in a food processor. Add egg, sugar, oil, butter and vanilla; process until smooth, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides. Add the dry ingredients and pulse several times just until dough clumps together.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead several times. Divide in half and press each piece into a disk. Dust disks with flour and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
  5. Working with one piece at a time, on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough slightly less than 1/4-inch thick. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Gather scraps and re-roll. Place cookies about 1/2-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. If using Cinnamon-Sugar Topping, add it now.
  6. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until light golden around the edges, 12 to 16 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  7. If using Decorator Icing, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand until frosting has set, 30 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition

Per cookie (undecorated) : 67 Calories; 2 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 1 g Mono; 6 mg Cholesterol; 11 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 25 mg Sodium; 23 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate

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