Solar Swirls

Solar Swirls
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Moist, rich chocolate cookies are the perfect canvas for children to paint on.
1:00
Prep Time
1:50
Total Time
48 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

1 1/2 cups
sugar
1 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup
sour cream
2
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 teaspoon
vanilla
3 1/4 cups
all-purpose flour
(1/2 Cup)
unsweetened cocoa
(2 Teaspoons)
baking powder
(1 Teaspoon)
baking soda
(1/2 Teaspoon)
salt

Frosting

(3 Cups)
powdered sugar
(3/4 Cup)
@Land O Lakes® Butter@, softened
(3 To 4 Tablespoons)
milk
(1 1/2 Teaspoons)
vanilla

Glaze

(2 Cups)
powdered sugar
(3 To 4 Tablespoons)
milk
Red and green food color

Decorations

Decorator sugars and candies

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine sugar, 1 cup butter and sour cream in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets; flatten slightly with palm of hand. (Dough will be soft and sticky. If dough sticks to hands, lightly flour hands.) Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
  4. Combine all frosting ingredients in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  5. Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and enough milk in bowl for thin glazing consistency. Divide glaze into 2 bowls; tint red and green with food color.
  6. Frost two or three cookies at a time. Apply drops of glaze using small paintbrushes; create swirled design using toothpick. Sprinkle with decorator sugars or candies, if desired. Repeat with remaining cookies.

Recipe Tips

Ready-to-use decorator gels may be used instead of glaze.

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