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Mardi Gras King Cookies

Servings: Makes about 22 cookies
If you celebrate Mardi Gras, this is a great recipe for King Cookies instead of making a full-fledged Mardi Gras King Cake. The kids will love these colorfully decorated cookies too!

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 cups biscuit and baking mix (Pioneer Brand, Jiffy or Bisquick)

9 cups sifted powder sugar
1/4 cup Just Whites dried egg whites* (see note below)
About 3/4 cup water

Paste food coloring in purple, yellow-gold and bright green

1. In large mixer bowl, beat brown sugar and butter until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, vanilla and cinnamon; beat until light and fluffy. Add biscuit and baking mix, beating on low speed to combine.

2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, shaping into a 1-inch-thick disk. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.

3. On surface dusted with additional biscuit and baking mix, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out shapes with a 5-by-3-inch crown-shaped or other cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake at 350 F for 12 to 14 minutes or until tops are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.

5. In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and dried egg whites. Stir in just enough water to make a spreadable consistency. Divide into 3 bowls. Add color by dipping a wood pick into food color and then into icing, stirring to combine. Add more color as desired. Using a pastry brush, brush icing on each cookie to coat top. Place remaining icing in a decorating bag and pipe designs on to cookies.

Makes about 22 cookies.

*Recipe note: Dried egg whites are in the baking section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition information per cookie without icing
Calories177Fat8.8 g (5.3 sat.)Cholesterol34 mgSodium8.7 mgProtein2 gCarbohydrate22 g

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Date: March 3, 2003