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Holiday Sugar Cookies

Total Time

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

Makes

about 9-1/2 dozen

I add a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them. —Katie Koziolek, Hartland, Minnesota
Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Red Hot candies

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into three 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are lightly browned, 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and food coloring until smooth; transfer to a resealable plastic bag; drizzle over cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree. Place one Red Hot at the top of each tree.

Can you freeze Holiday Sugar Cookies?

Freeze dough for up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator before baking and decorating as directed.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 169 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 97mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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