Butter Cookies

"These cookies make great ornaments! Snowmen, candy canes, stars, moons, holly leaves, reindeer, lighthouses, bells and fir trees galore. These are just a few of the cookie cutters we used making these wonderfully rich cookies. Paint each cookie with confectioner's sugar glaze and decorate with different colored sugars or you may sprinkle sugar on cookies before they bake.What fun! This recipe from Land O' Lakes."
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  • Combine 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup butter, egg and 1 tsp vanilla in large bowl.
  • Beat on low, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  • Sift in flour and baking soda and beat until well mixed.
  • Divide dough in half.
  • Cover each half in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Roll out 1/2 the dough on lightly floured surface (I use 1/2 flour 1/2 confectioners sugar).
  • Keep remaining dough chilled.
  • Roll dough out to 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Cut with 4-inch cookie cutter.
  • Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Sprinkle with decorator sugars, if desired.
  • Bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Ornaments:

  • While cookies are still warm, use toothpick to make holes for ribbons to hang cookies as ornaments.
  • Cool completely.
  • Frosting or filling: Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl.
  • Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and adding enough milk for desired frosting consistency.
  • Tint with food color, if desired.

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  1. UnknownChef86
    These were really good, though if you want a softer cookie I'd suggest cutting them a little on the thick side. I made them for the Bible study group I attend and found that while I really liked the taste, they were a little on the crispy side for my preference. I'll definitely try the recipe again, though, as I like the flavor. Thanks for a great recipe, Aroostook! ;)
  2. Marg (CaymanDesigns)
    I have never had much luck with cutout cookies before but decided to try again. This recipe was fantastic! It was really easy to work with. I did need to let the dough set out for about 10 minutes before I could roll it out but that wasn't a problem. Really like the flour/confectioner's sugar combo for flouring the surface. It worked better than flour by itself. I tried both versions, sprinkling with colored sugar before baking and using icing and sprinkles & liked the results of both. The flavor is good but next time I will add either another tsp. of vanilla or maybe almond for a little more flavor. Thanks so much Barb for helping me conquer my cutout cookie fear!


Zaar...Wow, what a place! I'm one of the old timers of Zaar. I can't count the number of wonderful dishes I cooked in the past few years since joining. Along the way I have had the pleasure of meeting several Zaar chefs. Talk about your fruits and nuts! lol. I have enjoyed meeting them all. Family: What's to say...I have had the same sweet husband forever (Good thing....I'd hate to have to break a new one in...=) and live close to a couple of grown children. (Maybe you've met Smoke Alarm Jr. ..her brown rolls are sooo good!) Therefore, my family gets together often to enjoy each other's company and cooking. My greatest joy is six "little to tallerthanme" kids running around calling me Grammy. They wear me out! lol For the past thirty years I have been a Special Education teacher for grades 9-12 and love it. Took some time off last year to recovery from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. (Loved the radiation....I keep imagining that we are absolutely napalming the nasty cancer cells tohellandback to keep the little suckers from returning. =) My prognosis is good and now "I'm back in the saddle again". lol. Being a north country "gurl", I am happiest outside...walking, fishing, sitting in front of an outdoor fire or being on water (although in February it's a bit stiff....=0) When indoors I like to read, garden, knit, quilt and paint. During cold Maine weather I like to warm my feet on a very large ( 100 pounds of long legs and huge feet), sweet and furry golden retriever named Kerry (aka KTBRD: Kerry the big red dawg..lol) . In the summer, the dawg and I round up the grandkids, hit the local dairy bar for a Mounds Sundae that is to die for!!!=0) . Then spend a lot of long and lazy summer days at camp . All in all...Boy, Life is good! =)
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