Elf Cookies Recipe

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Perfect to serve with your Elf on the Shelf

Elf Cookies Recipe
Recipe type: Seasonal
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Serves: 28
  • ½ tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons milk, divided
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract, divided
  • 6 drops red food coloring, divided
  • 140 milk chocolate M&M's (about ⅔ cup)
  • 56 almond slices (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 56 brown M&M's miniature baking bits (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 28 red M&M's miniature baking bits (about 1-1/2 teaspoons)
  1. In a small bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until combined.
  2. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to ⅛-in. thickness.
  3. Cut with a floured 1-3/4-in. x 3-1/4-in. diamond cookie cutter.
  4. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  7. For one batch of glaze, in a small bowl, combine ¾ cup confectioners' sugar, 4-1/2 teaspoons milk and ¼ teaspoon extract.
  8. Remove 1 tablespoon glaze to another bowl.
  9. Tint remaining glaze with 3 drops food coloring.
  10. Working with one cookie at a time, spread red glaze over top half of cookie.
  11. Place one M&M at top for tassel and four M&M's across edge of glaze for hat brim.
  12. For ears, place two almonds above M&M's on each end.
  13. Dip baking bits in plain glaze; place brown bits on cookie for eyes and a red bit for nose. Repeat with 13 more cookies.
  14. Make second batch of glaze with remaining confectioners' sugar, milk, extract and food coloring.
  15. Decorate remaining cookies as above.

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  1. These are super cute but I have no clue where to find a diamond cookie cutter haha

  2. How cute! The grandkids would love these!

  3. I agree with Maralea – we are going to see the grandkids this weekend and I think we might just have to make some elf cookies.

  4. Alisha S. says:

    These are adorable!

  5. Great for my kids!

  6. so super cute these would be hit of any holiday party come see my share at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2011/12/almond-snowballs.html

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