Frosted Sugar-'n'-Spice Cookies

Frosted Sugar-'n'-Spice Cookies Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Give sugar cookies a tasty twist by adding a touch of spice. This recipe is great for any time of the year and you can change the shape and the color of the sprinkles depending on the holiday.

Yield:

Makes 2 1/2 dozen

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Recipe Time

Prep: 1 Hours
Cook: 10 Minutes
Other Time: 2 Hours, 33 Minutes

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 egg yolks
5 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red and blue sprinkles

Preparation

1. Stir together first 6 ingredients in a bowl.

2. Beat butter and next 3 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add cream cheese, orange zest, and vanilla; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended.

3. Divide dough in half, shaping into 2 flattened disks. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 2 to 24 hours.

4. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 1 dough disk on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4-inch thickness; cut with a 4-inch star-shaped cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough disk.

5. Bake at 350° for 8 to 10 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool.

6. Spread cookies with a thin layer of Simple White Frosting; top with sprinkles.

Note: To make ahead, prepare recipe as directed through Step 5. Freeze cookies in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 1 month. Thaw completely at room temperature before icing.

Note:

July 2008
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