Christmas Cookies

Dessert

Recipe courtesy of Southern Plate by Christy Jordan

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients: 
Cookies
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Icing

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a few drops of red and green food coloring; others as desired

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookies with Colored  Icing

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Method: 

Cookies

Preheat the oven to 375˚ F and grease two cookie sheets

In a large bowl, thoroughly cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla. Add the egg and beat until fluffy.
Stir in milk.

In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients. Mix the dry into the wet ingredients. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.

On a floured surface, roll half of the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Keep remaining dough chilled until ready to roll.

Using a cookie cutter cut into your favorite shapes and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, cool slightly and then remove from the cookie sheet.
Allow to cool completely.

Icing
While the cookies cool, make the icing.

In a bowl mix all the ingredients together with a fork. If it is too dry add a little more milk. Divide icing into as many portions as you want to color. Add food coloring to each portion and blend.

 

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