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Christmas Cutout Cookies

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Christmas Cutout Cookies

Get in the holiday spirit with a batch of these kid-friendly Christmas cookies. Decorate them as you please — add some sprinkles or cinnamon balls to the frosting, or experiment with different colors.

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Ingredients

For the frosting

  • One 32-ounce bag powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups shortening
  • 2 -3 drops food coloring

For the cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

For the frosting

In a bowl, mix the first 3 ingredients together until smooth. Add hot water until the desired consistency is achieved. Separate into small bowls and add food coloring. Set aside.

For the cookies

In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, and mix until well incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, roll out the dough on a lightly floured board until it is ¼-inch-thick, and cut out with your favorite shaped Christmas cookie cutters.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the cookies to the sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and frost the cookies. Serve.