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Santa Claus Cutouts

 Santa Claus Cutouts
Santa turns out to be a handsome fellow when I use my favorite cutout cookie recipe. Painting on the candy coating allows for detailed decorating. My 14 shoe boxes of shaped cutters tell you how much I enjoy making cookies! —Jane Brown, Greensburg, Indiana
40 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • White, red and blue candy coating disks

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate
  • for 1-2 hours or until firm.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
  • Cut with a floured 3-in. Santa cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on
  • greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until
  • edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • Melt white candy coating; using a clean paintbrush, add a beard,
  • mustache, eyebrows, hat brim and pom-pom to each Santa. Melt red
  • coating; add hat, nose and mouth. Melt blue coating; add eyes. Let
  • stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3
  • dozen.