Hat Cookies

Whether you're planning a party for the Kentucky Derby or looking for Easter favors, these darling hat cookies bring the best of spring to your cookie buffet. Match the color of the icing to your event's theme or colors and call these edible treats part of the decoration budget.

Yield: 3 dozen
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Decorator Frosting

Preparation

  1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and extract, beating well.
  2. Combine flour, soda, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well. Divide dough in half; cover and chill 1 hour.
  3. Roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 36 cookies using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 375° for 6 to 8 minutes; let cookies stand on baking sheets 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. Roll remaining dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 36 cookies using a 1 1/4-inch round cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake at 375° for 4 to 6 minutes; let stand on baking sheets 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.
  7. Assemble cookies by placing 1 small cookie in center of 1 large cookie. Decorate with Decorator Frosting to resemble hats; let dry.
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