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Chocolate-Glazed Doughnut Cookies

My little nieces love to help decorate these doughnut-shaped cookies. They top them with sprinkles, chopped pecans or crushed candy canes. —Jolie Stinson, Marion, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + standing
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Sprinkles and chopped nuts, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/2-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. doughnut-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in cream, corn syrup and vanilla. Reduce heat to low. Add chocolate; whisk until blended. Transfer to a large bowl. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Dip tops of cookies into glaze. Decorate as desired with sprinkles and chopped nuts. Let stand 30 minutes or until set.
  • Freeze option: Place wrapped disks in resealable plastic freezer bag; freeze. To use, thaw disks in refrigerator until soft enough to roll. Prepare, bake and decorate cookies as directed.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 411 calories, 23g fat (15g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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