61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 0 star values: 2

Decorating cookies is a must during the Christmas season. This sugar cookie recipe is a classic that can be passed down through generations.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined.

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  • Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using desired tree-shaped cookie cutters, cut out dough.

  • Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned.

  • Transfer to a wire racks and let cool. Frost with Royal Icing and decorate with sprinkles.


Royal Icing

Ingredients

Directions

  • Stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the 1/4 cup warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes until very stiff. Add the 1 to 2 tablespoons additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make desired consistency.

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Reviews (3)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2017
just finished our first attempt to bake these cookies. After refrigerating the dough for 2 hours, the dough was so sticky it stuck to the floured board and we couldn't get the dough out of the cookie cutters. Only got a 3 star rating because we ended up rolling the dough into balls then flattened, and they have an excellent taste.

Most helpful critical review

Rating: Unrated
12/20/2013
Why do the instructions talk about star-shaped cookies instead of Christmas trees?
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 0 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2017
just finished our first attempt to bake these cookies. After refrigerating the dough for 2 hours, the dough was so sticky it stuck to the floured board and we couldn't get the dough out of the cookie cutters. Only got a 3 star rating because we ended up rolling the dough into balls then flattened, and they have an excellent taste.
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2016
The Royal Icing sets up nice and firm.  Anyone know where to get the cookie cutter of the Christmas tree with swoop branches?  Love it!
Rating: Unrated
12/20/2013
Why do the instructions talk about star-shaped cookies instead of Christmas trees?
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