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Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies
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Yield: about 4 dozen 2-1/2-inch cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

Instructions:

Cream the butter and shortening with the sugar, then beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder, then stir them into the creamed mixture to make a soft dough. Chill thoroughly.

Work with only a small amount of the cold dough at a time. Use lots of flour to roll dough. (I use a combination of flour and confectioners' sugar instead of plain flour. This gives the cookies a sweeter taste, and they do not taste like flour.) Roll about 1/8 inch thick, cut out cookie shapes, and use a metal spatula to transfer them to a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.

These cookies can be decorated a variety of ways. Sometimes I frost them after they are cool. Other times I use colored sugar sprinkled on them before baking. Most times, though, I use a mixture of egg yolks, a little water, and some food coloring and "paint" them before baking.
Updated Sunday, April 21st, 2002
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