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Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
2 large pasteurized egg whites
Food coloring (optional)
- Prepare Cookies: Beat butter and granulated sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 to 7 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat 1 minute.
- Sift together flour and next 2 ingredients. Add to butter mixture all at once, and beat at medium speed 1 minute or until combined. Flatten dough into a 1-inch-thick disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 375°, with oven racks in 2 middle positions. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. (If dough gets too soft to handle, chill 5 to 10 minutes.)
- Cut dough with desired cutters, and place 1/2 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Reroll scraps as needed. Chill cut cookies 30 minutes.
- Bake cookies, 2 sheets at a time, at 375° for 9 minutes. Rotate pans front to back, and top rack to bottom rack. Bake 2 to 4 more minutes or until slightly golden around edges. Remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely (about 15 minutes).
- Meanwhile, prepare Icing: Beat powdered sugar, egg whites, and 2 tsp. water at low speed 2 minutes. (If necessary, add up to 1 Tbsp. water, 1 tsp. at a time, to reach desired consistency.) Divide icing, and tint with food coloring, if desired. Cover icing with plastic wrap or a damp towel when not in use.
- Spread a thin layer of icing over each cookie. For a swirled effect, immediately dot cookie with another color of icing, and blend with a wooden pick. Let base layer of icing dry 10 minutes before piping details. Let finished cookies dry 15 minutes before serving.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Ball
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. peanut butter, warmed in microwave
1/2 c. chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups
2 c. Reese’s Pieces, for decorating ball
Graham crackers, for serving
- In a medium bowl using a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, peanut butter, and chopped Reese’s until combined.
- Transfer mixture to plastic wrap and shape into a ball. Fold up sides and cover with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate until slightly firm, 1 hour.
- Unwrap and place a serving platter.
- Place Reese’s Pieces all over and let soften 20 minutes before serving.
- Serve with graham crackers.
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