Santa’s Coming Cookie Puzzle

This clever confection is easy to make with store-bought cookie dough and is entirely edible to boot! Blanched almonds make it simple for little hands to grasp the puzzle pieces, which are completely removable.

Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle
Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle
Santa's Coming Cookie Puzzle
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
1cookie puzzle 30minutes 20minutes + cooling
Servings Prep Time
1cookie puzzle 30minutes
Cook Time
20minutes + cooling
Ingredients
Portions: cookie puzzle
Units:
Ingredients
Portions: cookie puzzle
Units:
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough and flour. On a parchment paper-lined surface, roll dough into a 14x11-in. rectangle. With cookie cutters, cut out puzzle shapes. Slide a baking sheet under the parchment paper and dough. Chill for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Remove shapes; place on an ungreased baking sheet. Place an almond on its side into the centre of each shape for a handle. Bake shapes at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are golden brown. While still warm, recut shapes with the same cookie cutters to form neat edges. (If cookies cool too quickly, return to oven until softened.) Remove to wire racks; cool.
  3. Bake large rectangular puzzle on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 12-13 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately recut the shapes inside the puzzle to form neat edges. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Tint frosting with food colouring as desired. Frost puzzle and shapes; decorate with decorating gel and sprinkles as desired. Place puzzle shapes inside puzzle.
Recipe Notes

1 serving: 153 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 0 fibre), 1g protein.

Originally published on Taste of Home.