Holiday Cookie Cutouts
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.
- 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)
- Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray.
- 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.
- 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.
- If using Decorator Icing, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand until frosting has set, 30 to 45 minutes.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Ingredient note: 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 clean watercolor paintbrush, coat the tops of the cookies with icing.
- To make swirls: Paint cookies with one icing color. While it is still wet, use a paper piping cone
- or plastic condiment bottle to drop a contrasting color onto the cookies. Draw the tip of a toothpick
- through both colors, creating a swirled effect.
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.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate
More From EatingWell
In celebration of EatingWell's 10th anniversary we picked our...
These easy weeknight suppers are inspired by the bountiful...
Take advantage of summer's bounty of fresh produce with these...
Muffin tins are great for making more than just muffins,...
Use your charcoal grill or gas grill for more than just...
Potato salad is a favorite summer dish, but classic versions...
It’s no wonder that the Mediterranean diet is considered to...
Enjoy the world’s healthiest diet with these delicious...
Make your own pickles! Get the most out of summer’s bounty by...
Berries and fresh summer fruit star in our healthy homemade...
Pork tenderloin is an easy and healthy addition to your...
Our healthy pepper recipes, including recipes for bell...
Fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes not only taste wonderful, they...
For a quick and healthy dinner, make one of our easy stir-fry...
While nothing quite beats eating quickly boiled or grilled...
From healthy blueberry muffins and blueberry pancakes topped...
- Type of Dish
- Baked Goods, bars & cookies
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- 8 or more
- Preparation/ Technique
- Fall 2002