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Perfect Christmas Cut-Out Cookies


  • Cookie Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3 oz (84 grm). package cream cheese
  • 1 cup (225 ml) white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (475 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) baking powder
  • Icing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (225 ml) confectioners sugar
  • 3 tsp (15 ml) milk
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) almond extract
  • assorted food coloring
  • Cookie Directions:
  • In large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture.
  • Divide dough into two pieces, wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm (about 1 hour).
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees (200 C.).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutters and place the cookies at least one-inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets (I recommend using parchment paper or Silpats).
  • Bake for 7 to 9 minutes in preheated oven until bottoms are lightly browned and the cookies are firm.
  • Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
  • Icing Directions:
  • In a small bowl, stir together confectioners sugar and milk until blended.
  • Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy.
  • If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
  • Divide into separate bowls, add food colorings to each to desired intensity.
  • Frost, dip, or paint frosting on cookies with a brush.
  • Decorate if desired with colored sprinkles or frosting piped through a bag.
  • You can also substitute vanilla extract for the almond extract if you prefer the flavor.

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