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Football Player Cookies

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400ºF. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer.

Step 2

Beat in egg and vanilla and almond extracts.

Step 3

Combine flour and baking powder; add to butter mixture, 1 cup at time, mixing well after each addition.

Step 4

The dough will be very stiff; if necessary, blend last flour in by hand (if dough becomes too stiff, add water, a teaspoon at a time). Do not chill dough.

Step 5

Divide dough into two balls. On a floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter and 1/4-inch thick.

Step 6

Dipping teddy bear cutter into flour before each use, cut dough into bears; cut off ears.

Step 7

Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 6 to 7 minutes or until edges of cookies are lightly browned.

Step 8

Cool completely on wire rack before decorating.

Step 9

Decorate cooled cookies as desired using colored icings. Add facial features with edible food markers.

Step 10

Time-saving Tips: Substitute 2 tubes (16 ounces each) refrigerated sugar cookie dough for homemade cookie dough.