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Holiday Cutout Christmas Cookies Recipe

Looking for a simple, but delicious Christmas treat to share?  Here’s a simple recipe for Christmas cookies:

Christmas Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

FROSTING:

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons half-and-half cream
  • Food coloring of your choice, optional
  • Assorted sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk and extracts. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough into four portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate, covered, overnight or until firm enough to roll.

Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. holiday cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake 5-7 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough cream to reach a spreading consistency. If desired, beat in food coloring. Frost and decorate cookies as desired.

Yields about 10 dozen cookies.

Freeze option: Freeze undecorated cookies in freezer containers. To use, thaw in covered containers and decorate as desired.

 

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