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"M&m's" Colorful Sugar Cookie Cutouts


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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 c Solid vegetable shortening
  • 1 c Granulated sugar
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 c All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 ts Baking powder
  • 1/4 ts Baking soda
  • 1/4 ts Salt vanilla icing; (recipe follows)
  • M&m's" chocolate mini baking bits for decoration

Directions:

In large bowl cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs and vanilla. In medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Wrap and refrigerate dough 2 to 3 hours. Preheat oven to 350øF. Working with half the dough at a time on lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using 3-inch cookie cutters. Using rigid spatula carefully transfer to ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Frost with Vanilla Icing and decorate with "M&M's"(r) Chocolate Mini Baking Bits. Store in tightly covered container. If stacking cookies, place parchment or waxed paper between layers.
 
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
 
Vanilla Icing: Beat 6 tablespoons butter and 4 cups powdered sugar until well blended; add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Blend in 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, one tablespoon at a time, until of spreading consistency.
 
Divide icing evenly into small bowls, one per color. Add food coloring until mixtures are of desired color.
 
Short cut: Roll out store-bought refrigerated dough and cut out shapes with cookie cutter. Bake and cool as directed. Add food coloring to instant frosting; frost cookies.
 
Decorate with "M&M's"(r) Mini Baking Bits. Store in tightly covered container. If stacking cookies, place parchment or waxed paper between layers.
 
Recipe by 1996 Mars, Incorporated Posted to brand-name-recipes by Barbra<barbra@pipeline.com> on Feb 03, 1998