Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

Gingerbread Cookies with Buttercream Icing

These holiday-spiced cookies are the first ones I make in December. The recipe came from my mother-in-law. If you like, tint the buttery icing a cheery pink or green and pipe it on with a decorating tip.

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Spiced Cherry Bells

Spiced Cherry Bells

Spiced Cherry Bells

Coffee and ginger flavor this old-fashioned recipe Peggy Graving of Butte, Montana received from her mother-in-law years ago. "I always bake up a batch for the dessert buffet I host on Christmas Eve," Peggy writes. "Everyone comments on the taste, and the bell shape of the cookies adds to the festive occasion."

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutout Sugar Cookies

Cutting fun shapes from sweet dough and decorating the cookies with icing and candies is a Christmas-time tradition many families, including Sherry Taylor's. "This easy sugar cookie recipe yields delicious results," assures this Metropolis, Illinois subscriber.

Cherry-Filled Heart Cookies

Cherry-Filled Heart Cookies

Cherry-Filled Heart Cookies

These crisp, flaky cookies are a wonderful way to show you care. They take a little effort, but the smiles of satisfaction make it worthwhile. —Audrey Groe, Lake Mills, Iowa

Jeweled Cookie Slices

Jeweled Cookie Slices

Jeweled Cookie Slices

Field editor Rosella Peters of Gull Lake, Saskatchewan notes, "I often mark recipes with 'G' for good, 'VG' for very good; this seasonal favorite is marked 'VVG'! I usually double the recipe."

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

Butterscotch Basketball Cookies

I didn't need a special basketball player cookie cutter to shape these sporty cookies—gingerbread men cutters make the team! I like this cookie's rich taste better than that of a basic sugar cookie. —Sharon Landeen, Tucson, Arizona

Dipped Coconut Shortbread

Dipped Coconut Shortbread

Dipped Coconut Shortbread

Suggests Toni Petroskey, Lorain, Ohio, "These cookies are great for Valentine's Day. Coconut adds flavor and texture to the shortbread."

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Crisp Sugar Cookie Mix

Eneatha Attig Secrest of Mattoon, Illinois has relied on the mix for these light sugar cookies for years, even selling it at bazaars. "I package it in a plastic bag tied with pretty ribbon and attach a cookie cutter and copy of the recipe," she notes.

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

Smooth Sailing Sugar Cookies

With a fresh breeze, my longtime-favorite sugar cookie recipe got under way on a new track. I cut out sailboats and frisky fish, frosting them brightly for the nautical gathering. My guests ate their limit! -Martha Conaway, Pataskala, Ohio

Frosted Butter Cutouts

Frosted Butter Cutouts

Frosted Butter Cutouts

"With their soft tender insides, these cookies quickly disappear from the cookie jar," reports Stephanie McKinnon of West Valley City, Utah. "Vanilla pudding mix gives the frosting a velvety texture and fabulous flavor."
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