Traditional Decorated Christmas Cookies

MAKE IT SHINE! ADD YOUR PHOTO
READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 16
YIELD: 48 cookies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
Advertisement

DIRECTIONS

  • Beat together butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and salt.
  • Gradually beat in flour until thouroughly incorporated. Add water, a few drops at a time, only until dough starts to come away from side of bowl.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease 4 cookie sheets.
  • On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut out various shapes using cookie cutters or homemade cardboard patterns, or free-hand. Reroll scraps and cut out.
  • Make small holes with wooden pick if planning to hang cookies. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until beginning to brown around edges.
  • Remove cookies to wire rack to cool before decorating.
  • Prepare icing: Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat until thick and creamy.
  • Add just enough water to get a good spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring, if you wish. Spread evenly over cookies.
  • Decorate with glitter, sprinkles, or cinnamon red hots, or as desired.
Advertisement