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Cutout Sugar Cookies Recipe

Cutout Sugar Cookies Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. For icing, cream the butter and shortening in a bowl. Add vanilla and salt. Gradually add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy. Tint icing with desired colors of food coloring; decorate the cookies. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen (3-inch cookies).