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Classic Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts

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  • 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!
Created Jun 30, 2017
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  • 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


  • 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

  • Tip 1
    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.
  • Tip 2
    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

65 Calories, 3g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 9g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 5 dozen 2-inch cookies
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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