Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Surprise Sugar Cookies

This semi-homemade recipe is sure to please!  I am not a fan of cookie cutter cookies because of the amount of time they take, but this recipe was worth it.  Of course, my cookies didn't come out as pretty as the ones on the Betty Crocker website, but they sure were tasty! Enjoy!
1pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix
1/3cup butter or margarine, softened
2tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
Red and green food colors
16thin rectangular crème de menthe candies, cut into thirds
Assorted Betty Crocker® colored sprinkles, sugars, decors and decorating gels
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, egg and flour until dough forms. Divide dough into thirds. Tint one-third red and one-third green with food colors; leave one-third plain. Keep dough covered tightly until ready to use.
  2. On floured surface, roll each third of dough until 1/8 inch thick. For round cookies, cut with 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter; for square cookies, cut into 1 1/2-inch squares using sharp knife. (Dip cutter or knife in flour for easier cutting.)
  3. On ungreased cookie sheet, place half the cookies 1 inch apart. Place 1 candy piece on center of each cookie; top with another cookie. Gently press edges together to seal, using tines of fork. To decorate before baking, sprinkle cookies with colored sprinkles, sugars or decors as desired.
  4. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Decorate with gels as desired.

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