Christmas Cookie Ornaments

These festive cookies taste as good as they look!

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December 2010

Surprise the family with these festive cookies—they taste as good as they look!


1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2  cups sugar
1 egg
1 1/2  teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
colored sugar for decorating


1  In a mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter-sugar mixture one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Divide dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic and chill until dough is ready to use.

To assemble: Place cookie dough on a floured surface and roll until 1/4-inch-thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shapes.

5  Transfer to baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

6  Using a smaller cookie cutter or knife, cut shapes into the center of each cookie. (If cookies will be hung as ornaments or decorations, poke a small hole on the top part of each cookie before baking.)

Sprinkle colored sugar into the hollowed-out centers, filling to the brim.

Bake cookies at 350ºF for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. The sugar should also be melted and bubbling. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for at least 10 minutes.

When cooled, store in an airtight container. (String with ribbon to hang the cookies as ornaments, if desired.)

Topping tip:  For a "stained glass" effect, crushed hard candies can also be used in place of colored sugar.

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