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Christmas Cookie Cut Outs

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KATHARINENOLA

A family tradition and favorite. These cookies are great with and without frosting, but we prefer with.

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  • Calories:
  • 282 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.7g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 57 mg
  • 19%
  • Sodium:
  • 145 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Sift together flour, cream of tarter, baking soda, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Cover and refrigerate dough overnight.
  2. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with Christmas cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. If using cutters that have small appendages, such as reindeer legs, reduce the baking time or they will overcook. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Beat the butter and confectioners' sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl, mixture will be stiff. Add the vanilla and slowly mix in the milk a little at a time until a spreading consistency is reached. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Make sure cookies are completely cool before frosting.
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Reviews

jen8940
15
12/21/2009

This recipe is fantastic. The nutmeg really makes them stand out from traditional xmas cookies. You can make these thin or thick and they are great. When they are thicker, they taste just like those soft sugar cookies with thick frosting that you find in your local bakery. This will become a tradition in my family as well. Thanks for sharing!!

ksmiley39
10
1/25/2010

I was so excited to try this recipe, but it did not work for me. The dough never did get to the consistency of being able to roll out. I then decided to just roll the dough into balls and bake it. Well, I found the cookies to be very airy and they didn't have much taste. It was like biting into a tasteles air cookie. The frosting was WAY TOO SWEET. I made a different batch of cut-out cookies and used the frosting recipe, and while everyone loved the sugar cookie, no one would eat them once frosted because it was too sweet. Someone commented they could go into a diabetic coma after eating one of those cookies, (of course they were kidding, but still). I wouldn't recommend this recipe. Sorry, I was disappointed.

ROSES7184
9
12/21/2009

These cookies are just sweet enough to eat without icing and, when cut a bit thicker, so soft! I had a great time cutting Christmas cookies out of the dough. I will definitely be making these again!