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Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe

Holiday Sugar Cookies Recipe

Katie Koziolek of Hartland, Minnesota adds a hint of lemon to these delightful sugar cookies. For make-ahead convenience, freeze the dough up to three months, then thaw in the fridge before baking and decorating them.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:57 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Green food coloring
  • Red-hot candies

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in lemon peel and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into three 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  • 2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and food coloring until smooth; transfer to a resealable plastic bag; drizzle over cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree. Place one red-hot at the top of each tree. Yield: about 9-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 169 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 97 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.