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Dec 19, 2009 03:41 AM

The best cut out cookie?

Loving all the cookie threads with such variety! This year I decided to pick one successful recipe and mutliply (over and over again!) for gifts for work friends etc - cranberry orange biscotti w. white chocolate drizzle it is and they've worked out great. But my little guy likes neither cranberries or pistachios and I've promised to spend this wkend making cut out cookies in the shapes of santa and reindeer and stars and such. He is so exicted, but I have never found a cut out/sugar cookie recipe that works for me. Looking for something that produces a nice dough that isn;t too crumbly, and tastes wonderful - anything to share?

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  1. I really like Cook's Illustrated's Holiday Cookie dough. It is designed for cutouts and it actually tastes good.

    1. "Joy of Cooking" Sand Tarts. Yummy and a little lemony, easy to roll, nice cookies to decorate.

      1. I'll post my recipe below. Caveat: I do not really like the chewy sugar cookie-- I prefer a really buttery fairly crisp cookie that isn't too overly sweet (since we ice/decorate them). Made these with my toddler this past week and they were a hit. This fits the bill for us:

        Cream 1 c. unsalted butter and 2/3 c. sugar
        add one egg and beat
        combine then add
        2.5 c. flour
        1/2 t. salt (a generous 1/2 t.)
        1 t. vanilla

        chill 3-4 hr. bake at 350 for 8-10 min.

        1. I made this Martha Stewart recipe both this year and last, and they are delicious and relativeily easy. Just be sure to refrigerate the dough for at least one hour so that it is easy to work with.