I love this recipe because it is so easy to roll out, and the taste is great. This is our favorite Christmas cookie recipe to make, but I also make them for Easter and Halloween. Sometimes I ice them or just sprinkle with colored sugar while they bake. I always double this recipe for us.
- Cream margarine and cream cheese, then add the sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla, and flour last.
- I like to chill dough over night or at least several hours.
- Roll out chilled dough and cut in desired shapes with your favorite cookie cutters.
- Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
- Ice and decorate.
These are wonderful...almost like pastry. Made them for Valentines and everyone loved them...parents & kids! I've made several cut out cookie recipes and not found one that I love just yet, until now! Thanks so much. One thing, I wasn't sure about was how thin to roll them. I think 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch was good for me. They also cooked more like 13-14 minutes. Thanks!!
These cookies rock! I never like "plain" cut out cookies- they generally have to be spicy or chocolate to win me over. However, these were fabulous. I had no eggs, so I substituted 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, and I also used butter rather than margarine (blech!) Not only were they tasty, but I didn't have to worry about my 3-year-old eating the dough, since there were no raw eggs this way. UPDATE: Years later, I'm still using this, and still using it egg-free. My daughter loves that she can eat the dough.
Anyway, they were really good. I baked them in two separate batches, and the one that I cooked just a little less (almost slightly undercooked) retained a lot more flavor than the ones that were completely golden brown on the bottom. Hubby thought the dough was great, and since there was no egg, suggested I dump it into some ice cream. (But there was none left over to do that with!!!) UPDATE: Years later, I'm still loving these. My favorite variation- I add citrus powder (TrueLemon, orange, or lime, etc.) or any combo thereof to the dough, then top with citrus icing. Friends LOVE these, and they are always a hit.
After trying various recipes that didn't even closely resemble a christmas tree after baking, I fortunately stumbled upon this recipe. As most of the others said, it's really easy dough to work with, totally retains the shape after baking, and they are quite buttery and delicious. Thank you, Aunt Paula!