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Old-Fashioned Christmas Sugar Cookies

Published: October 7, 2011
“We always frost these with royal icing, and they make the perfect holiday snack!” – Andy Bennett

Makes 3 dozen large cookies
1     cup butter
1½  cups white sugar
2     eggs
3     teaspoons baking powder
1/8  teaspoon baking soda
1     teaspoon salt
3     teaspoons nutmeg
4     cups flour
1/4  cup cream

1. Whip softened butter until creamy, then gradually add sugar. Beat eggs, and add them to mixture until blended.
2. Sift flour before measuring. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg to flour. Sift together.
3. Add cream and egg mixture (alternating a little of each at a time) to flour mixture until it’s very stiff. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Preheat oven to 375º F. Roll dough thinly onto floured cutting board. Cut out shapes and place them on a greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 10–15 minutes. Remove before edges turn brown.

Royal Icing
Mix 4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons meringue powder, ½ teaspoon lemon extract, ½ cup warm water, and a small amount of gel food-coloring paste with a hand mixer until glossy, stiff peaks form (5–7 minutes on medium). Add water or powdered sugar to adjust consistency. Keep a wet paper towel over icing when not in use, as it dries out quickly.
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