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Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies

 Decorated Christmas Cutout Cookies
Rich, buttery cookies like these never last long at a party. I use seasonal cutters to celebrate the holidays tastefully. —Lynn Burgess, Rolla, Missouri
72 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Tinted frostings, colored sugars, edible glitter and nonpareils

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Refrigerate for 1
  • hour or until firm.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Cut out with Christmas cookie cutters of your choice. Using a
  • floured spatula, transfer cookies to greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool
  • completely on wire racks.
  • Decorate cookies with frosting, sugars and candies. Yield: 6-7 dozen
  • (2-1/2-inch cookies).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 47 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 43 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.