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Pioneer Woman's Hand Cookies -- Looks like a blast!
January 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Total Time:
55 min
25 min
20 min
10 min
8 large cookies, 12 to 16 smaller cookies



  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons milk
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Egg Yolk Glaze:

  • 4 whole egg yolks
  • 2 drops food coloring per egg yolk, various colors


  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • Edible decorations, for decorating


For the cookies: Cream the granulated sugar, shortening, vanilla and orange zest thoroughly. Add the eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Add the milk and mix. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt, and then blend into the sugar mixture.

Divide the dough in half, slightly flatten between two sheets of waxed paper and refrigerate, about 1 hour (or freeze for 20 minutes).

For the egg yolk glaze: While dough is chilling, separate the eggs, reserving the whites and placing each yolk into an individual small bowl. Add 4 teaspoons water and different food coloring to each yolk and combine to make the egg yolk glaze.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Carefully cut around hands using a dull knife.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Transfer the hand cookies to a lightly greased cookie sheet and paint the cookies (with a soft brush) with the egg yolk glazes.

Bake the cookies, about 6 minutes. Do not allow the cookies to brown.

Transfer the cookies from the oven to a wire rack to cool.

While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting: Simply combine the powdered sugar, butter, heavy cream and vanilla in a food mixer until light and fluffy. If you like you can put the frosting in disposable piping bags to make decorating easier. Decorate the cookies with the frosting and any edible decorations, jewels, disco dust, sanding sugar you like.


  • PinkButterfly66
    January 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Where do you get the edible gems?

  • hcdeubof3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    I saw this a couple weeks ago on tv. I've been wanting to try it and post it. I havent had a chance to try it yet, but I thought I would post it while I had a minute. This would be a perfect thing to do at a birthday party sleepover, or playdate. 

  • hcdeubof3
    January 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I've seen them at Michaels before. 

    Quoting PinkButterfly66:

    Where do you get the edible gems?

  • jbyrd898
    January 20, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    looks cute and easy

  • SassyWildflower
    January 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM
    Tfs!! These will be fun to do with the girls!!
  • sheena696
    January 21, 2013 at 8:01 AM


  • eds6619
    by eds6619
    January 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM
    I love pioneer woman. Her show is awesome. I would dearly love one of her cookbooks. There look like so much fun for the kids. Thanks for sharing!
  • MaryanneMac
    January 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM


  • hcdeubof3
    January 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    me too! I found her blog way before I knew she was actually on tv. I love her sooo much. She seems so down to earth. I love her blog, she's funny. 

    Quoting eds6619:

    I love pioneer woman. Her show is awesome. I would dearly love one of her cookbooks. There look like so much fun for the kids. Thanks for sharing!

  • Iluvmy2kiddies
    January 21, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Oh I like these!

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