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Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 4 hr 10 min
  • Servings 5
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These pretty sugar cookies are a classic addition to the holiday cookie tray. They make great decorations, too! ...MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Candy sprinkles, nonpareils or coloured sugars, if desired

2 cups icing sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk or half-and-half

Steps

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  • 1
    In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, the butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond extract and egg until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375°F. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured, cloth covered surface, roll each half of dough 3/16 inch thick. Cut into assorted shapes with cookie cutters, or cut around patterns traced from storybook illustrations. If cookies are to be hung as decorations, make a hole in each 1/4 inch from top with end of plastic straw. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4
    In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Tint with food colour if desired. Frost and decorate cookies as desired with frosting and coloured sugars.

Expert Tips

  • Success For melt-in-your-mouth treats, be sure to mix cookies just enough—but not too much. Too much mixing can result in tough cookies.
  • Time Saver Skip making the decorator frosting and use part of a container of ready-to-spread frosting instead. The frosting layer will be a bit thicker this way, but it will be equally delicious!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5 dozen 2-inch cookies
Calories
65
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3
Saturated Fat
2
Cholesterol
10
Sodium
40
Dietary Fiber
0
Protein
1
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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