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Puzzle Cookies

  • Servings: 24
  • Course: Dessert

This recipe sets you up with ready-to-roll cookie dough worthy of a cookie puzzle party, leaving the focus on creating the cookie puzzle. Sturdy non-stick parchment paper is like a worksheet on which to cut, paint, and recut the puzzle pieces. When baked on parchment paper, cookies bake more evenly and slide off without breaking, essential for a cookie puzzle where every piece counts.

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  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 18-ounce roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • Food coloring
  • Parchment paper


Step 1

In a medium bowl knead flour into sugar cookie dough. Divide dough into 6 portions. On a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet, pat each portion of dough into a 5-inch square. Press a well-floured 3- to 4-inch Halloween cookie cutter into the square (use smaller cutters, if desired). Carefully remove cookie cutter without removing dough. Using a table knife, cut outside portion of square into large puzzle pieces.

Step 2

In a small mixing bowl beat egg yolks and water. Divide mixture among 3 or 4 small bowls. In each bowl, add 2 to 3 drops of liquid food coloring or desired amount of paste food coloring in desired color; mix well.

Step 3

Brush dough puzzle pieces with different colors of egg yolk mixture. Apply to cookie dough with small clean paintbrush. If mixture thickens while standing, stir in water, one drop at a time.

Step 4

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until bottoms of cookies just start to brown and centers are set. While still warm, carefully recut pieces with cookie cutter and knife. Trim edges as needed. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.

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