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Puzzle Cookies

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This recipe was designed for Halloween but would work for any holiday or event with a change of cookie cutters. The kids will LOVE this! This will make 6 "assembled" cookies out of the purchased but you can always share the "pieces". These are really fun to make with the kids and/or grandkids

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6 cookies if using the purchased dough
25 Min
10 Min


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1/4 c
all-purpose flour
18 oz
roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough (or use your favorite sugar cookie recipe which is better and you'll get more cookies)
egg yolks
2 tsp
food coloring

How to Make Puzzle Cookies


  • 1In a medium bowl knead flour into sugar cookie dough.
    Divide dough into 6 (or more) portions.
  • 2On an ungreased cookie sheet, roll each portion into a 5-inch square.
    Note: It's easier to use the counter or whatever you normally roll dough on.
  • 3Press 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.
  • 4Using a table knife, cut outside portion of square into large puzzle pieces.
  • 5In a small mixing bowl beat egg yolks and water.
    Divide mixture among 3 or 4 small bowls.
  • 6In each bowl, add 2 to 3 drops of liquid food coloring or desired amount of paste food coloring in desired color; mix well.
  • 7Brush 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.
  • 8Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until bottoms of cookies just start to brown and centers are set.
  • 9While still warm, carefully recut pieces with the knife.
    Trim edges as needed.
    Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely.

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About Puzzle Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Soy Free
Other Tag: For Kids

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