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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 (see Cookie-Decorating Tips, below).

Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002


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3 hrs

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  • 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 degrees 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie
85 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 14.2g; dietary fiber 0.5g; sugars 7.2g; fat 2.5g; saturated fat 0.4g; cholesterol 6.8mg; vitamin a iu 20IU; folate 21mcg; calcium 11mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 5.7mg; potassium 21.8mg; sodium 36mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate