This year I thought about making some authentic Regency era desserts for our family holiday party, but somehow Mincemeat Pie and spiced mulled wine didn’t quite get the kids jumping up and down (or my husband). Instead I went with our own traditional Christmas cookies. They are the perfect family cookie because everyone from Grandma to the toddler cousins can help! The key to these delicious cut out cookies is to make the actual cookie less sweet and more flour based. This way, when you frost the cookie you aren’t overpowered by sugar. We love to decorate these yummy treats with colored frosting, sprinkles, and red hots. You can easily find holiday cookie cutters in great shapes like Santa, trees, ornaments, angels, and more. No time to make the frosting? Just use the store bought brand, add in a little food coloring and no one will be the wiser. Have fun and Happy Holidays!
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange rind (you can also use lemon)
1. Start out be preheating your oven to 350 degrees so it gets nice and warm for the cookies.
2. Next grab a large bowl and mix together flour, cream of tartar, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Beat in the vanilla with the last egg. Mix in the flour mixture stirring well. Add in the orange rind for that lovely flavor.
3. Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with Christmas cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for at least a half an hour before frosting.
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