Holiday Cookie Cutouts

Fall 2002

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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.

"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...
Holiday Cookie Cutouts

Makes: 32 cookies

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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)

This recipe calls for:


  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.

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

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Ease of Preparation
Health & Diet Considerations
Diabetes appropriate
Low carbohydrate
Total Time
More than 1 hour
8 or more
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