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Deluxe Sugar Cookies

Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they're cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    5 dozen (2-inch) cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature, beaten,
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and extracts. Combine flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Divide dough into fourths. On a surface lightly sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, roll out 1 portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut into desired shapes using 2-in. cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake at 350° for 7-8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Editor's Note: Cookies may be sprinkled with colored sugar before baking or frosted after being baked and cooled.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 59 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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