Smiley Face Cookies

Desserts and Snacks Recipes

Timetable: 3 hours (two hours for dough to chill)/Group size: small-medium Yields: 10 3 1/2-inch cookies and 12 1 1/2-inch cookies Toolbox:
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Icing
  • 1 box (1 pound) confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites
  • black and yellow food coloring
How To: Cookies:
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until lightly blended (about 2 minutes.)
  2.  Beat in the egg and vanilla. On low speed, beat in the flour until dough begins to come together.
  3. Gather dough into a ball, flatten into a disc and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 3/16-inch thickness.
  6. Cut out circles using 3-1/2-inch and 2-1/2-inch cutters. Transfer circles to ungreased cookie sheets. Re-roll scraps and cut more circles.
  7. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 14 to 16 minutes, rotating halfway, until just browning at edges.
  8. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.
Icing:
  1. Combine confectioners sugar, powdered egg whites and 7 tablespoons of water in a large bowl. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat until blended then increase speed to high and beat 6 minutes.
  2. Remove 1 cup icing and tint black with food coloring. Tint remaining icing with yellow food coloring. Mix until smooth. Spread yellow icing onto cookies using a small angled spatula. Let dry completely.
  3. Transfer black icing to a resealable plastic bag or a piping bag fitted with a writing tip.
  4. Pipe eyes and a smiling mouth onto each cookie.
  5. Let dry completely at room temperature before stacking cookies.

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