Back-to-School Cookie Puzzle Recipe

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Back-to-School Cookie Puzzle
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • red, blue and green food coloring
  • black paste food coloring
  • 2 covered boards (15 inches x 12 inches each)
  • cookie cutters--apple, schoolhouse, hand and letters a , b and cup (or shapes of your choice)
  • small new paintbrushes


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for several hours, overnight or until dough is easy to handle.
  2. On a parchment paper-lined surface, roll out half of the dough into a 13-in. x 11-in. rectangle. With cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes. Remove shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Set the two large rectangle pieces aside.
  3. Separate the remaining eggs, placing 1 yolk each in three small bowls. Tint one red, one blue and one green.
  4. With an appropriate-size paintbrush and black food coloring, outline the school roof, windows and door and the apple leaf and stem. Paint the cookie cutouts with tinted yolks to resemble the cookies shown in the photo or as desired.
  5. Bake cutouts at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until edges are golden. Immediately recut the shapes. If cookies cool too quickly, return to oven until softened. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  6. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Brush over the two large rectangular puzzles. (Discard any remaining egg white.) Sprinkle with yellow colored sugar. Transfer puzzles with parchment paper to baking sheets.
  7. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately recut shapes inside puzzles. Cool completely before removing from parchment paper. Place each puzzle on a covered board. Fit cookie cutouts inside puzzles. Yield: 2 cookie puzzles.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 440.82 Kcal (1846 kJ)
Calories from fat 94.62 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.51g 16%
Cholesterol 73.51mg 25%
Sodium 136.98mg 6%
Potassium 72.01mg 2%
Total Carbs 76.28g 25%
Sugars 11.79g 47%
Dietary Fiber 0.01g 0%
Protein 7.15g 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 32mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 283.04 Kcal (1185 kJ)
Calories from fat 60.76 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.75g 16%
Cholesterol 47.2mg 25%
Sodium 87.95mg 6%
Potassium 46.24mg 2%
Total Carbs 48.98g 25%
Sugars 7.57g 47%
Dietary Fiber 0.01g 0%
Protein 4.59g 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 4%
Iron 0.2mg 2%
Calcium 20.5mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.7
  • 12

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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