Champagne Cookies

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What better cookie for New Years’ Eve than a festive pink-and-glitter champagne confection?  Decadence…these could also work for a baby or bridal shower. What? no excuses necessary? Go forth and bake!  Happy New Year!

Pink Champagne Cookies
2 dozen cookies
For the cookies:
  • 2½ cups pink champagne or sparkling wine
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • ⅓ cup vegetable shortening
For the icing:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Pour pink champagne into a medium saucepan over high heat. Boil champagne until reduced to ¾ cup, about 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a measuring cup; chill until cold.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  3. In a separate large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream ½ cup sugar and shortening until smooth. Add ½ cup of the cold champagne reduction; stir to combine (shortening will be lumpy). Add flour mixture and stir until a very soft dough forms.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop dough into 1-inch balls, rolling each ball of dough in remaining sugar before transferring to prepared baking sheet.
  5. Lightly press down dough with fingers or the back of a measuring cup dipped in sugar. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until edges are just set. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, make the icing: Whisk together powdered sugar with remaining ¼ cup cold champagne reduction and pinch of salt. Dip cooled cookies in icing, letting excess drip off. Let icing set for a couple of minutes, then sprinkle with pearl sugar or sprinkles (I vote for gold or silver…or pink glitter!). Let icing set completely before serving.

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