Saturday, December 18, 2010

25 Days of Christmas Cookies: Christmas Cutouts

It can't be time for Christmas cookies without making time for the traditional cutouts.  I have to be honest; I love these cookies, but I hate the mess, and the length of time they take.

And I know the mess has yet to get bigger; these are a kid's favorite mess to make during the holidays.  Sprinkle-covered floors or not.

And lets be real-I'm no cookie artist and I have no patience to learn the ins and outs of correct icing techniques.  They're all going to be eaten-I'd hate to end up with masterpiece cookies that no one gets to appreciate.

Sugar Cutout Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.  Gradually add flour.  Divide the dough in half and refrigerate for two hours or until easy to handle.  I refrigerated the dough overnight and it worked out well.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the dough (1/4" thickness).  Cut with floured cookie cutters and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until set.

I used this icing recipe, doubled to cover the cookies (except for the white trim on the stockings-I used cream cheese frosting for that).

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