Rating: 4 stars
36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
  • 36 Ratings

What are the holidays without sugar cookie cutouts?! Never let the holiday cookie tradition fall by the wayside, here's the sugar cookie recipe you need.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

chill:
60 mins to 120 mins
bake:
7 mins at 375°per batch
prep:
40 mins
Servings:
36
Max Servings:
48
Yield:
36 to 48 cookies
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Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface roll half the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut into desired shapes. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

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  • Bake ifor 7 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are very light brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, frost with Powdered Sugar Icing. Let stand until set.

Chocolate Cutouts:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or unsweetened dark Dutch-process cocoa powder for 1/3 cup of the flour.Nutrition Analysis: Same as above, except: 72 calories, 9 g carbohydrate

Citrus Cutouts:

Prepare as directed, except beat in 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon or orange peel with the egg and substitute lemon or orange juice for the milk.Nutrition analysis: Same as above, except: 1% Vitamin A, 58 mg sodium

Nut Cutouts:

Prepare as directed, except add 1/3 cup finely chopped toasted pecans or walnuts with the flour.Nutrition analysis: Same as above, except: 81 calories

Peppermint Cutouts:

Prepare as directed, except substitute 1 teaspoon peppermint extract for the vanilla and add 1/4 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies with the flour.Nutrition Analysis: 79 calories, 11 g carbohydrate, 5 g total sugar

Spice Cutouts:

Prepare as directed, except add 1 to 2 teaspoons apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice with the sugar. If desired, substitute eggnog for the milk.Nutrition analysis: Same as above.

To Store:

Layer undecorated cookies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (Christmas Sugar Cookie Cutouts)

74 calories; total fat 4g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fat 0g; monounsaturated fat 1g; cholesterol 15mg; sodium 59mg; potassium 11mg; carbohydrates 10g; fiber 0g; sugar 4g; protein 1g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 97IU; vitamin c 0mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 0mg; vitamin b6 0mg; folate 12mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 10mg; iron 0mg.

Powdered Sugar Icing

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  • In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, vanilla or almond extract, and enough milk to make smooth and of drizzling consistency. Makes about 1/2 cup.

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Royal Icing

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large mixing bowl stir together the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the water and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined; beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until icing reaches a stiff piping consistency. If not using right away, cover bowl with a damp paper towel and cover paper towel with plastic wrap; chill for up to 48 hours.

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Tip:

Look for meringue powder in the cake decorating aisle of a hobby or crafts store.

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Reviews

36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: Unrated
11/02/2013
I like this, but how do you do the technique to get the stripes?????????????????????
Rating: Unrated
11/07/2013
Cheryl - Click back to the previous page and hit the NEXT button. The instructions are there. I wondered the same thing !
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2015
Wish I could email this to myself. Ugh....
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