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Come Party With Me: Election Night — Dessert


To keep things easy, serve a no-mess, no-utensil dessert on election night. At LibertySugar and my party, we'll be offering guests sugar cookies! Not just any sugar cookies, I plan on decorating the cookies to look like CitizenSugar's checked box symbol. I'll roll out Paula Deen's classic sugar cookie dough and cut out squares.

After baking the square-shaped cookies, they'll be covered with white frosting. Blue frosting will be used to outline a box shape and red frosting to make the check mark. Feel free to great creative and decorate with your favorite patriotic design! For the recipe,

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar
Royal Icing, recipe follows

Directions

  1. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and butter, then mix in the egg and vanilla and almond extracts.
  2. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and cream of tarter; mix the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, then cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Divide the chilled dough in half and roll it out on a lightly floured pastry cloth to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  5. Lightly grease some baking sheets.
  6. Cut the dough with a floured cookie cutter; sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Transfer the cookies to the prepared sheets and bake for 9 minutes.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Royal Icing:

3 egg whites
1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
Food coloring, optional

  1. In a medium bowl, combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tarter. Beat at low speed with an electric mixer until blended.
  2. Increase mixer speed to high, and beat 8 to 10 minutes, or until mixture holds a peak.
  3. Cover with a damp cloth when not in use. Separate into bowls and add food coloring, if desired.
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