Christmas butter cookies that are so versatile you’ll want to make several batches.
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1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Decorator sugars, if desired
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Food color, if desired
Combine 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup butter, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add flour and baking soda; beat until well mixed.
Divide dough in half; wrap each half in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until firm.
Heat oven to 375°F.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with decorator sugars, if desired. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
While cookies are still warm, use toothpick or straw to make holes for ribbons to hang cookies as ornaments. Cool completely.
Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and adding enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Tint frosting with food color, if desired. Frost and fill cooled cookies as desired.
Stained Glass Ornament Cookies: Omit frosting. Cut out cookies as directed. Cut shapes in center of each cookie with small cookie cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto aluminum foil-lined cookie sheets. Fill cut-out centers with enough finely crushed fruit-flavored hard candies to evenly fill holes. (To crush candy, separate candy by color; place in plastic food bags. Crush candy.) Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned and candy is melted. Cool completely before removing from cookie sheets. (Bake small cut-outs 4-6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.)
Sandwich Ornament Cookies: Omit frosting. Cut out cookies as directed. Cut shapes in center of half of cookies with small cookie cutter. Bake 6-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely. Spread bottom of each cookie without cut-out with 1 teaspoon preserves. Top with cookie with cut-out; press down lightly. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. (Bake small cut-outs 4-6 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.)
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One suggestion is to make sure the butter in the cookie dough as well as the dough is not too soft before baking. I would even chill the cut-out cookies on the cookie sheet in the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. If the dough is too warm it will spread and get thin during baking.
The cookies didn't hold there shape while baking, They were so thin and crispy, couldn't even save them. I was so not happy, to waste my ingrediants and time.