Recipe of issues Santa Hat Sugar Cookie Cups by Isis Iverson

Prep 35 min Total 1 hr 30 min Servings 36

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Ingredients

  1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix

  Flour, butter and egg called for on cookie mix pouch for cutout cookies

  36 whole medium strawberries

  1 container Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting

Steps

1: Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix cookie mix, flour, melted butter and egg with spoon until soft dough forms.

2: Shape into 36 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place in 36 ungreased mini muffin cups. Press indentation in center of each with end of wooden spoon.

3:Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately repeat indentation into center of each cookie with end of clean wooden spoon to create 1-inch opening, cleaning off end with paper towel when needed. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, at least 30 minutes.

4: Using small paring knife, for each strawberry, carefully cut around stem into pale flesh underneath, and remove. Place strawberry stem-end down on paper towel-lined cookie sheet to dry. Repeat with remaining strawberries.

5:Spoon frosting into large resealable food-storage plastic bag; partially seal bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag. Insert cut corner of bag into indentation in each cookie cup. Squeeze bag to fill opening, about 1 generous tablespoon per cookie cup. Place stem end of strawberry on each frosting-filled cookie cup, and press down slightly so frosting becomes a brim for hat. Pipe a small dab of frosting on tip of each strawberry for pom-pom. Serve immediately, or store loosely covered in refrigerator.

    For best results, use strawberries with similar size and shape.

To ensure success of this recipe, completely remove stem and hull of each strawberry and dry completely, in order to not color the frosting.

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