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Marbled Greeting Cookies

 Marbled Greeting Cookies
These festive goodies are like little Christmas cards with holiday wishes for your guests. Using a fluted pastry wheel gives the edges a pretty, ruffled finish.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Red and green paste food coloring
  • White decorating gel or vanilla frosting

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and
  • fluffy. Beat in egg, sour cream and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk
  • flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into
  • creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into three portions. Tint one portion red and one
  • portion green; leave one portion plain. Wrap each in plastic wrap;
  • refrigerate 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 375°. Pinch off tablespoons of each colored dough
  • and drop alternately onto a lightly floured surface; press together
  • to form a 13x4-in. rectangle. Roll dough to form a 15x8-in.

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Marbled Greeting Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • rectangle, about 1/4 in. thick.
  • With a fluted pastry wheel, cut dough lengthwise in half; cut each
  • half into twelve 1-1/4-in.-wide strips. Place 2 in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on
  • pans 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Use
  • decorating gel to write greetings on cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.