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Traditional Decorated Christmas Cookies
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Rating: 4.2/5 (39 votes cast)

Meal Type: Dessert
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Cook Method: Oven
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine: American
     Serving Size: 48 - Change
Nutritional Facts
Servings Per Recipe: 48

Amount Per Serving
Calories 82
% Daily Value**
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 2g
Unsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 20mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A  2%Vitamin C  0%
Calcium  0%Iron  2%
Potassium  0%Vitamin E  0%
** Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutritional Data from USDA SR21 Database. Nutritional information is estimated and may vary.

Traditional Decorated Christmas Cookies

Recipe Tags: Cookie Recipes

Date Added: December 15, 2015
These cookies are so fun to make if you have children. The recipe's instructions are easy to follow and most of the steps (other than grating the lemon peel) may be completed by the kids themselves. When they are finished, they make great decorations, if you can stop yourself from eating them all!


3/4 cup Unsalted Butter softened
1/2 cup Sugar
4 Eggs 3 white, 1 whole
1 tablespoon Lemon finely grated peel of
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 1/4 cups All-Purpose Flour unsifted
1 tablespoon Water (use 2 if req'd)
1 lb Confectionery Sugar
Food Coloring various
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1. Beat together butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

2. Beat in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in flour until thoroughly incorporated.

3. Add water, a few drops at a time, only until dough starts to come away from side of bowl. Wrap dough in plastic wrap.

4. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.

5. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 4 cookie sheets.

6. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch.

7. Cut out various shapes using cookie cutters or homemade cardboard patterns, or free- hand. Reroll scraps and cut out.

8. Make small holes with wooden pick if planning to hang cookies. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until beginning to brown around edges.

9. Remove cookies to wire rack to cool before decorating. Prepare icing: Beat egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy.

10. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat untion thick and creamy. Add just enough water to get a good spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring, if you wish.

11. Spread evenly over cookies.

12. Decorate with glitter, sprinkles and cinnamon red hots.

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Dietary Notes:
This recipe is low-sodium with 20.04mg per serving

Food Allergy Information:
This recipe contains potential food allergens and will effect people with Wheat, Lemon, Egg, Butter, Gluten, Food Color, Natural Sweeteners, Citric Acid allergies.
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