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Cutout Christmas Cookies

These old-fashioned Christmas cookies have been a holiday tradition in my family for many years. It was a joy to make these cookies for my children, and now my little granddaughter will soon be enjoying them, too. —Carolyn Moseley, Dayton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen (2-inch cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Frosting or confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder salt, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough, a portion at a time, to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired with frosting or confectioners' sugar.
  • To Make Ahead: Dough can be made 2 days in advance. Wrap in plastic and place in a resealable bag. Store in the refrigerator.
  • Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as directed.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For Colored Sugar Variation: Brush baked cookies with beaten egg white; sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until lightly browned.
  • Learn how to keep the cookies soft until Christmas.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 cookies (calculated without frosting and confectioners' sugar): 116 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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