This dough has been made every Christmas in my house. This recipe can be used to make not only cut-out cookies to give your family a rest from the normal sugar cookie recipe, but also has two other variations. One can roll them out and add a dab of jam or a pecan or walnut before baking, or add chopped up walnuts and roll dough in confectioner's sugar to make snow balls. They're all delicious. (Just remember to chill before baking - that's the key.)
I got this recipe from a family member who brought it to every gathering...with good reason...it's so good! I made it once and took it to work. It was gone within 2 hours. I had to start making it a double batch just so everyone could have some. It is so easy, and so quick. It's a great last minute dish to take.
This recipe came from Quick Cooking (one of the best magazines Reiman Publishing came out with next to Taste of Home and all the others!). When you're doing massive quantities of cookies, any short-cut is appreciated. This recipe uses refrigerated cookie dough. And really, who's gonna know? Just spruce it up a bit and keep your mouth shut and take 100 % of the credit. (You could make your own sugar cookie dough too if you desire...either way, these are beautiful on a holiday tray!)