Costumed Sugar Cookies

Oxmoor House
You'll find this the best sugar cookie dough ever. Sponge paint some of these cookies with a sea sponge and egg yolk paint before baking them.
2 1/2 dozen


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1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon water
Assorted colors of paste food coloring
Decorator sugar
Vanilla and chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
Chocolate candy bar sprinkles (optional)
Chopped pecans (optional)
Melted semisweet chocolate (optional)
Red cinnamon candies (optional)


Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add egg and beat well.

Combine flour, cream of tartar, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.

Roll dough to 1/4" thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Combine egg yolk and water; stir well. Divide mixture among several cups. Tint with desired colors of food coloring. Keep egg yolk paint covered until ready to use. Add a few drops of water if paint thickens too much.

Using a small paintbrush or sea sponge, paint assorted designs on some cookies with egg yolk paint. Sprinkle some cookies with decorator sugar. (Some cookies will be baked plain.)

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies stand 1 minute on cookie sheets. Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Frost remaining cookies with vanilla and chocolate frosting and decorate as desired.

Created date

October 2003