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Holiday Cookie Dough

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Makes

200 slice-and-bake cookies

We created this make-ahead dough recipe to help ease the stress of the Christmas baking season. The buttery cookies are sure to melt in your mouth. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Holiday Cookie Dough Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkles, jimmies or colored sugar, optional

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into five 1-cup portions; shape each into a 10-in.-long roll. Wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle, or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 5 portions (1 cup each).
  3. To use refrigerated cookie dough: Cut roll into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Decorate with sprinkles, jimmies or colored sugar if desired. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  4. Or, bake according to individual directions for Jolly Santas, Lemon Rope Trees, Magic Stars, Reindeer Bites and Strawberry Tea Cookies.
  5. To use frozen cookie dough: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake according to recipe directions.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 76 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 51mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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