Cut Out Cookies

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Happy Holidays!!!!!  It is the last Christmas cookie of the year.  From the time my girls were little we have decorated cutout cookies on Christmas Eve.  My Gram would make a batch of the cookies and make sure we had them.  During the afternoon of Christmas Eve when the girls could barely contain their excitement we would pull out the cookies, mix up some icing and put them (and my brother) to work. 
It was magic, they focused on the cookies and the afternoon flew by.  The girls are mostly grown now but cutouts are still the last cookie we made and they still decorate them.  My husband has to ‘sample’ the cookies from each of us as we are decorating.  We still end up with more icing on our hands and the table and the cookies are not perfect but it is a Christmas tradition that we cherish.  Hope you make a tradition of your own.

The cookie tray is full!!!!

Cut Out Cookies
Slightly adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook

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3/4 cup butter, softend
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

 
Mix butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla extract.
Mix in flour, baking powder, and salltPreheat oven to 400.

Roll out dough on a floured surface to desired thickness.
Cut shapes with cookie cutters.
Place carefully onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

 Bake for 6-8 minutes

When cookies are cool decorate.

Easy Cookie Icing
From Betty Crocker Cookbook

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1 cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1-3 tbsp water
Food coloring

Mix ingredients adding water slowly until icing is desired consistency. If it is too thin add more powdered sugar.

If desired separate into small batches and add color of choice.

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