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Soft Christmas Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookies, soft cookies
Author: Nancy Salinas

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • decorator sparkling sugar see recipe below

Decorator Sparkling Sugar:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup food coloring

Instructions

  • Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • Gradually blend in the sifted ingredients until fully absorbed.
  • Cover dough, and chill for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Grease cookie sheets.
  • On a clean floured surface, roll out small portions of chilled dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Cut out shapes using cookie cutters.
  • Sprinkle with decorator sparkling sugar.
  • Bake 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are barely brown.
  • Remove from cookie sheets to cool to cool on wire racks.

Decorator Sparkling Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 150F.
  • Stir sugar and food coloring together and spread the mixture in a shallow baking pan.
  • Place the sugar in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Remove when the liquid has evaporated.
  • Cool.
  • Store sugar in a tightly - covered jar.