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Christmas Cutouts

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 3-1/2 dozen

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
Christmas Cutouts Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-8 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. 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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