Back to Readers' Favorite Recipes Cutout Cookies and Sugar Free Icing

Children and parents enjoy making these together. Try it for Valentines Day!



1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder


Cream margarine and sugar together. Add vanilla and egg. Sift flour and baking powder and add to dough. Roll and make cutouts. Sometimes the dough is too sticky so you need to add a little more flour. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10 minutes.


A lovely and sugar-free decoration for your cutout is known as edible tempera paint which you can make by beating 2 egg yolks and dividing evenly into four small bowls. Add liquid food coloring as follows:

Blue or Green = 1/4 teaspoon
Red or Yellow = 1/2 teaspoon

Use a small paint brush to paint on the cookie before baking. When done, the cookies will have a beautiful, stained-glass appearance.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 2 cookies
Yield: 36 cookies
Exchanges: 1 Bread, 1 Fat
Nutrition: 120 Calories, 2 g Protein, 16 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fat

Contributed by Elizabeth O'Connor, RD, CDE, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, New York. Recipe originally came from the ADA Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman, MS, RD.

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Last Updated: Tuesday August 29, 2006 19:53:40
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