Soft sugar cookies with spider web designs will jazz up your Halloween party. My first try at designing spider webs on circle cookie tops proved to be more difficult than I thought. I frosted the cookies with melted chocolate and let it set. I made 3-4 concentric circles with white frosting. Then I tried to draw a toothpick through the circles to make the web and it didn’t work so well. I needed to make the design while the frosting was still wet so I made another go at it. Using some bright funky colors and a different frosting, I had a little more success and fun the second time around. Check out the black and white first try photo.
1. Sift together the flour, salt and soda and set aside.
2. In a mixer combine the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat for 3 minutes until creamy, fluffy and light in color. Add sour cream and mix until blended.
3. Gradually add flour mixture beating until combined.
5. Sprinkle work surface and rolling pin with powdered sugar. Take out 1 disk at a time and roll out to 1/4-inch using more powdered sugar on the top as needed. Cut into shapes with a round cookie cutter. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Let set for 2 minutes then move to a cooling rack.
6. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the egg whites and lemon juice until slightly frothy, about 30 seconds.
7. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
8. Divide in 2-4 small bowls and add food coloring. Frost without delay. Store any leftovers in an air tight container as it will harden when exposed to air.
10. Place a contrasting color of frosting in a small zipper bag and cut a very small hole off one tip. Beginning in the middle, draw a spiral design. Drag a toothpick from the center to the edge then the edge to the center making 6 to 8 lines. Let set and serve.
• Exchange funky colors for black, white and gray or your preference.
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