Holiday Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.Advertisement
To make cookies: Combine granulated sugar, butter and oil in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla; beat until smooth. Sift whole-wheat flour, cake flour, baking powder and salt together over the sugar mixture; mix on low speed until just combined. Divide the dough in half and press each piece into a disk. Roll out dough on a well-floured surface to an even 1/8-inch thickness.
Cut out cookies with a 3-inch shaped cutter, rerolling and cutting any scraps. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in upper third of oven, 1 sheet at a time, until slightly golden on the edges, 5 to 7 minutes. Do not overbake. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool.
Meanwhile, make icing: Sift confectioners' sugar into a bowl. Stir in corn syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, a few drops food coloring (if using) and hot water; mix until smooth. If the icing is too thick, add a few more drops of water.
To decorate cookies, use a pastry brush to paint with the icing, then top with sprinkles, if using. Let stand until the icing hardens. (If storing iced cookies, layer between sheets of wax paper.)
Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Freeze for longer storage.
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