Try a variety of cookie cutters for a beautifully festive presentation.

Ingredients

  • Cookies:
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Vanilla icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. To prepare cookies, place first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Beat in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt), stirring well with a whisk. Add to butter mixture; beat well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface (dough will be soft). Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion to an 8-inch circle between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Freeze dough 20 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.
  4. Working with 1 portion of dough at a time (keep remaining dough in freezer), remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough with a 3-inch cookie cutter, dipping cutter in flour between each use; place cookies on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Discard bottom sheet of plastic wrap; reserve remaining dough scraps. Repeat procedure with remaining frozen dough.
  5. Gently gather reserved dough into a ball; repeat rolling, freezing, and cutting procedure.
  6. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack.
  7. To prepare vanilla icing, combine 1 cup powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a fork until combined. Drizzle icing over the cookies, or spoon into a small zip-top plastic bag; cut a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag, and pipe designs onto cookies.

Notes

Freezing the dough before cutting makes these low-fat cookies crunchy.

Kathryn Conrad,
December 2004

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 94
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 2.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 17.9g
  • Fiber: 0.3g
  • Cholesterol: 5.2mg
  • Iron: 0.4mg
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Calcium: 5mg