Classic Cut-Out Cookies


Classic Cut-Out Cookies

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    Meringue powder, used in Royal Icing, is a mixture of pasteurized egg whites, sugar and edible gums. With this powder, the icing dries to a smooth, hard finish. Find it in the baking aisle at Hy-Vee.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 16
    Cutout Cookies
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee butter, softened
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee baking powder
    1 Hy-Vee large egg
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee almond extract
    2 ¼ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    Royal Icing
    3 c. Hy-Vee powdered sugar
    2 tbsp. meringue powder
    ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
    ⅓ c. warm water
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract

    Things To Grab

    • Large mixing bowl
    • Electric mixer
    • Rolling pin
    • 3-inch cookie cutters
    • Baking sheets
    • Wire cooling racks


    1. Place butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract until combined.

    2. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.

    3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll one portion of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch thickness. Cut desired shapes using a 3-inch cookie cutter. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. 

    4. Bake 7 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are light brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Frost as desired with Roal Icing and, if desired, add decorating nonpareils and sprinkles. 

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Looking for a quick and easy way to frost cookies? Pick up a container of Hy-Vee canned creamy white frosting and colored sprinkles.
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    5. Prepare Royal Icing: Whisk together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing is very stiff. Tint as desired; frost cookies.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      When working with royal icing, keep it covered with a damp paper towel when you're not using it. This will prevent it from drying out.
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    Nutrition facts


    280 Calories per serving
    1 frosted cookie

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 9g
    • Cholesterol: 35mg
    • Sodium: 40mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 46g
    • Protein: 3g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 2%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 0%

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    Seasons, Fall 2016