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Monogrammed Cookies

Mint and lime zest bring fresh flavor to these crisp sugar cookies. For a fun shower dessert, we adorned the tops with the bride's monogram.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • ROYAL ICING:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons warm water
  • 3 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Paste food coloring

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk, mint, lime zest and extracts. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For icing, in a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, water and meringue powder; beat on low speed just until combined. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Tint as desired with food coloring. (Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.)
  • Frost and decorate cookies as desired. For writing, use round pastry tip #1 or #2. Let dry at room temperature for several hours or until firm. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit wilton.com.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 117 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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