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Painted Butter Cookies

Yield 6 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • Paste food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 50
  • caloriesfromfat 50 %
  • fat 2.8 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 0.7 g
  • carbohydrate 5.5 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 22 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 34 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 egg, orange rind, and vanilla; beat well.

  2. Combine 2 1/4 cups flour and salt, stirring well. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture, mixing well. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

  3. Divide egg yolks among several custard cups. Add desired food coloring to each cup, stirring well. Set aside.

  4. Divide dough in half. Work with 1 half at a time, storing remainder in refrigerator. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon flour evenly on work surface. Turn dough out onto floured surface, and roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch cookie cutter, and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Brush food-coloring mixtures lightly onto cookies with a small brush.

  5. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, and let cool on wire racks. Repeat procedure with remaining flour, dough, and food-coloring mixture.

Light and Luscious