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Christmas Cut-Outs December 18, 2012

Filed under: Dessert — Carrie @ 4:20 pm

I hate sugar cookie cut-outs. There. I said it. They are a holiday staple. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without them. Yet I hate them. They don’t taste good and they are a major pain to make!

At least I’ve gotten better about making them. Instead of trying to do it all in one day, I make the dough one day, do the cutting out and baking one day and we decorate another day. That helps immensly. So does having a Kitchen Aid stand mixer!

Here’s a recipe I just found and I actually like it. They are not the soft sugar cookies that I dream of (make these drop sugar cookies if you want awesome cookies), but they are much nicer than most. They are actually a short bread–they totally melt in your mouth. Plus, with no leavening they don’t puff up. Even your most delicate designs will still be recognizable.

Sugar Cookies:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (or any other flavoring)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and blend well. Add extract and blend. Mix flour and salt and gradually add. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill dough for about 2 hours. Working with about 1/3 of the batch at a time, briefly knead the chilled dough and roll about 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes. Bake cut out cookies on parchment lined cookie sheets at 375 for 6-8 minutes.