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Christmas Cutouts

Making and decorating these tender sugar cookies left a lasting impression on our four children. Adults now, they've all asked for my Christmas cutouts recipe so they can bake them with their own children. —Shirley Kidd, New London, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • FROSTING:
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Optional: Liquid or paste food coloring and assorted sprinkles

Directions

  • Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, 2-3 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-in. cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-8 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks; cool completely.
  • For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency; tint with food coloring if desired. Spread over cookies. Decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 134 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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