Coastal Cutout Cookies
This recipe serves 15. One portion of this dish contains about 3g of protein, 20g of fat, and a total of 383 calories. Head to the store and pick up decorating icing, salt, sugar, and a few other things to make it today. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes around 15 minutes.
Beat first 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
Add egg yolk, and beat until smooth. Stir in extracts.
Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Shape dough into 2 balls; wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour or up to 1 week.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. (If dough is too firm to roll, let stand 5 to 10 minutes.)
Cut into shapes using 4 1/2-inch cookie cutters.
Place cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets; bake, in batches, at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Let cool on pans 1 minute.
Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
Dip tops of cookies in Decorating Icing, allowing excess to drip back into bowl.
Cut dough into circles using a 3-inch round cookie cutter.
Cut out centers of circles using a 1-inch round cookie cutter.
Bake as directed; let cool completely.
Spread about 1 teaspoon raspberry preserves, strawberry jam, or buttercream frosting between 2 cookies. Dip in Decorating Icing, allowing excess to drip back into bowl.
Add pieces of red licorice to resemble stripes on a life preserver ring. Makes 32 sandwich cookies.
Coconut Snowballs: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract for vanilla and almond extracts. Stir in 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted macadamia nuts and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. Chill dough 30 minutes. Shape into 1-inch balls.
Place 1 inch apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and bake, in batches, at 350 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on bottoms.
Transfer to wire racks; let cool 2 minutes.
Place 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar in a bowl, and toss cookies to coat.
Let cookies cool completely on wire racks. Toss in powdered sugar again, coating well. Makes 4 dozen.