Holiday Cookie Cutouts

Holiday Cookie Cutouts

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine 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 (see Cookie-Decorating Tips, below).

Ingredients 32 servings

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  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup low-fat firm silken tofu, (see Ingredient note)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Topping, or Decorator Icing (recipes follow)


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  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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Choose silken-style tofu, available in most supermarkets, rather than regular tofu for this recipe. It has a custard-like texture, which is suitable for pureeing.
  • Cookie-Decorating Tips • To tint icing: Place small quantities of icing in several small bowls. Add a little food coloring to each one and mix well. You will obtain the most vivid colors if you use paste food colors, which are available at craft stores and cake-decorating shops. • To make a piped design: If icing seems too stiff, thin with a few drops of water. Spoon icing into a pastry bag fitted with a fine writing tip or a paper piping cone. (To make a paper piping cone, cut a piece of parchment or wax paper into a 15x12x8-inch triangle. Starting at the short corner, wrap the triangle up along the long side to make a tight cone. Fold the tip into the cone to secure it. Spoon icing into cone, close the top of the cone and fold edges over to seal. Cut a small opening in the tip.) To outline a cookie for accent, pipe a continuous line or a series of connected dots around it. • To paint cookies: Thin icing with water until it is the consistency of heavy cream. Using a

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cookie
  • Per serving: 85 calories; 2 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 14 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 21 mcg folate; 7 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 20 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 36 mg sodium; 22 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate

Reviews 2

September 01, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
These are great! I love that they are sweet, but not TOO sweet. I made them with my 2 1/2 year old and we "painted" them with icing. I didn't have pasteurized egg whites, so I just made a powdered sugar icing (with vanilla and milk), and that turned out great as well. It still hardens, it's just not shiny like the decorator's icing would be. Thanks for the recipe for a cookie that has a little nutrition in it!
December 23, 2009
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By: EatingWell User
My daughter and I made these last year and will make them again this year for the holidays. Everyone enjoyed them and didn't know that they were healthy!!!