RECIPE TITLE "Traditional
Decorated Christmas Cookies" Author: Recipes.it
3/4 c Butter, unsalted; softened 1/2 c Sugar 1 Egg 1 tb Lemon peel; finely
grated 1 ts Vanilla 1/4 ts Salt 2 1/4 c Flour, all purpose; unsifted 1 tb
Water; (use 2 if req'd)
3 Egg whites 1 lb Sugar, powdered 2 ts Water; (use 3 if req'd) Food colors,
- Beat together butter
and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat
in egg, lemon peel, vanilla and salt. Gradually beat in flour until thoroughly
incorporated. Add water, a few drops at a time, only until dough starts
to come away from side of bowl. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate
until firm, about 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350øF.
Lightly grease 4 cookie sheets. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough
to 1/8" thickness. Cut out various shapes using cookie cutters or homemade
cardboard patterns, or freehand. Reroll scraps and cut out. Make small
holes with wooden pick if planning to hang cookies. Bake for 12 to 15
minutes or until beginning to brown around edges. Remove cookies to wire
rack to cool before decorating.
- Prepare icing: Beat
egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer until foamy. Slowly beat
in the powdered sugar. Continue to beat until thick and creamy. Add just
enough water to get a good spreading consistency. Tint with food coloring,
if you wish. Spread evenly over cookies. Decorate with glitter, sprinkles,
dragees and cinnamon red hots, if desired.