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Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Yesterday we used cookie cutters to make Christmas ornaments. Today Cloris presents her recipe for for using those cookie cutters the traditional way. -- AP 


1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cups sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 can each chocolate and vanilla icing
 Christmas sprinkles

Bring butter and eggs to room temperature. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix together dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing well. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.

Roll out dough to 1/4” thickness. Cut out shapes. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Bake 10-12 minutes.

Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees.

After cookies cool, ice tops with frosting. Dip in sprinkles. Allow icing to harden before storing cookies in tins.

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