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Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough

Total Time

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

Makes

10 dozen cutout cookies

This versatile recipe is the base for several other cookies and bars. You can also use it to bake a batch of fun cutout cookies that could be used as name cards for your holiday table! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Lightened-Up Holiday Cookie Dough Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Divide dough into four 1-1/4-cup portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap individually in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle, or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 4 portions (1-1/4 cups each).
  3. To use refrigerated cookie dough: Divide each portion into two balls; roll each ball directly on an ungreased baking sheet to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. cookie cutter, leaving at least 1 in. between cookies. Remove excess dough and reroll scraps if desired.
  4. Bake at 350° for 6-7 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
  5. Or, bake according to individual directions for Drizzled Cherry Cookie Cups, Chocolate Swirled Bars and Wreath Cookies.
  6. To use frozen cookie dough: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake according to recipe directions.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 56 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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