Classic Sugar Cut-Outs

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* * * * * Can be paired with Cut-Out Cookie Icing Recipe * * * * *

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Directions:

  1. In large bowl, beat 3 cups powdered sugar, the butter, vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond extract and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.
  2. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.
  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°F.
  5. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  6. Divide dough in half.
  7. On lightly floured surface, roll each half 1/8 inch thick.
  8. Cut into desired shapes with 3-inch cookie cutters.
  9. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until edges are light brown.
  11. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
  12. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  13. Decorate as you like.

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