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Old 16-12-08, 06:12 PM   #1
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Last year my daughter found a kit for making and decorating Christmas cookies, so of course we had to get one and do some baking. This year she can't find any of the kits (not unusual here) and has been very upset. I assured her that there are lots of good recipes around and we can make some from scratch.

Does anyone have any favourite Christmas cookie recipes, the kind that you cut out with cutters and decorate? I don't want anything too complicated, please, her fun is more in the cutting and decorating and mine in watching her, not fussing around with cookie dough.
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not a recipie, but a few ideas. make sugar cookie dough and color half of it red. make a rope from each of the red and the white. twist them tegether and shape them into candy canes then bake.
also, if you have a few different sizes of stars you can stack them to make cristmas trees and decorate the trees
also, buy premade pie crust and spead it with butter, cinimmon and sugar then use your cookie cutters and bake. so easy and so good!
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Ok, the first would work, the second not likely as cookie cutters are scarce here and not much variety, and the third no chance at all since the crust does not exist here. Pies in Chile are nothing at all like up there.

Soooo, do you have a good sugar cookie dough recipe?
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Here's a recipe I had saved in my favourites....

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/s...ipe/index.html

I've not made this exact one, but it sounds much like the basic recipe I used when Stephen was small and we decorated cookies at Christmas.

It suggests using cardboard shapes instead of cookie cutters, which works for you since you don't have many cutters down there.
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Hey David, here's the recipe I use for Christmas cookies.

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

mix the flour salt and baking powder together first
in a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together
add the eggs one at a time
add the vanilla
then slowly add the dry ingredients.

once the dough is mixed, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for about an hour in the fridge.

on a lightly floured board roll the dough out to about 1/4 inch thick, or just a bit less. cut the shapes you want then bake at 400 degrees (middle oven rack) for 8 to 10 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.

Don't let the edges get too dark brown or the cookies will be dry.

Back when my wife and I were first married and we didn't have money for a lot of kitchen stuff. I used an empty tuna fish can (washed carefully of course) as a cookie cutter. I'd then bake the cookies and just decorate the round shapes.
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Ok, today is cookie day. We went out and got our ingredients this afternoon and have been making cookies since we got home. We had to go with Don's recipe... actually we were going to do both but corn syrup doesn't exist here, as I suspected, or it is at least very hard to find. That's always a problem for us.

The cookies are coming out great, but the dough needs to sit longer in the refrigerator to harden up a bit, it's pretty sticky. I think we'll knock it off soon and leave the rest til tomorrow.
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Ok, today is cookie day. We went out and got our ingredients this afternoon and have been making cookies since we got home. We had to go with Don's recipe... actually we were going to do both but corn syrup doesn't exist here, as I suspected, or it is at least very hard to find. That's always a problem for us.

The cookies are coming out great, but the dough needs to sit longer in the refrigerator to harden up a bit, it's pretty sticky. I think we'll knock it off soon and leave the rest til tomorrow.

David, make sure you dust the counter top, and the top of the dough with flour, it will help rolling int out and they won't stick to the counter top after you cut them out. Do be afraid to use a fair bit of flour, it won't affect the dough any.
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Thanks, Don, I was a bit leary of using too much. And my daughter definitely agrees with you... a cookie in each hand!!!
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What a coincidence!!! I just finished mixing this one before sitting down at the computer and reading this thread. We already made some last week for my kids to bring to school. Cut them out like Christmas ornaments (circles) and they can decorate them in different colours and designs with icing. Here is the link:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe-Tools/P...02&servings=60

Some personal tips:

1. Use parchment paper (not waxed) to line the baking sheets to keep them from sticking. It can be used more than once for several batches. Not as greasy as using butter.

2. I will only use high grade aluminum baking sheets. It's worth the extra cost and the "non stick" kinds only tend to burn everything.

3. The dough must be put in the fridge to cool because it's too soft at room temperature. One hour at least or overnight is better.

4. Only take about half of the dough out at a time so you can work them before they get back to room temperature.

5. Add food colouring and get red, green and white(no colour).

6. You can make your own icing but if you are in a hurry to eat them, like me, just lightly butter with store bought icing and add sprinkles.

7. Lock the cookie jar or they will dissappear quickly.

Hope this helps.
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That one is pretty similar to Don's, JJ. And one hour in the frig just isn't enough for a batch of dough that big, unless maybe you put it in as a flat cake.

With that amount of butter in them, if you take them off the pan as soon as they come out, they slide right off. Let them sit for 5 minutes and they stick.

I'd have to go looking for parchment paper.

I use only steel pans, the darker the better, and if you do it right, no-stick is no-advantage.

My daughter decorated them with sprinkles and chocolate chips... decorations are sparse here... before we put them in the oven. Icing just adds too much sugar so we avoid it.

And our cookie jar has no lock so they are disappearing fast. Everyone loves them, and Andi is so happy with her accomplishment.
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