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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, read more.

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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