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Cutout Christmas Cookies

 Cutout Christmas Cookies
"These cold-fashioned cookies have been a holiday tradition in my family for many years," reveals Carolyn Moseley of Dayton, Ohio. "It was a joy to make these cookies for my children, and now I have a new little granddaughter who will soon be enjoying them, too."
36 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine
  • flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, cloves and nutmeg; gradually
  • add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, a portion at a time, to
  • 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased
  • baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges
  • begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as
  • desired with frosting or confectioners' sugar. Yield: about 6 dozen
  • (2-inch cookies).
For Colored Sugar Variation: Brush baked cookies with beaten egg white; sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or

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Editor's Note: until lightly browned.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 116 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 95 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.