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Vanilla Cookie Ornaments

Stolen from Gretchen Smith

  • 4 cups sifted flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners 10x sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla

sift flour, baking powder and salt

beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy in large bowl with electric mixer. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture 1/3 at a time with a spoon, blending well to make a stiff dough. wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill overnight.

divide dough into 4 pieces. roll one piece between 2 sheets wax paper to 1/8 thickness, lift paper often to dust with flour and turning dough over for even rolling.

peel off top paper and invert dough onto cookie sheet. cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters. leave 1/2 inch between cookies life of dough around cookies, save trimmings to reroll rest at one time

optional -- make hole in top of each cookie with straw for yarn to hang cookie

bake at 350 8-10 minutes or until firm and light brown on edges. remove from sheeets to wire racks and cool completely. store in airtight container until decorated

makes 5 dozen 3" cookies