Saturday, December 12, 2015

Holiday favorite cookies: Kris Kringle cut-out cookies

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Cut-out cookies are a year-round favorite, but they’re especially popular at the holidays, when bakers in the Buffalo area and throughout the country get out their cookie cutters and make snowmen, trees, stars and bells to decorate. This recipe has been in my family for more than 30 years.

Kris Kringle Cookies
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4-1/2 cups flour

Pre-heat oven to 400-degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar, then add eggs, baking soda, milk and vanilla; mix thoroughly. In another bowl, combine salt, cream of tartar and 3 cups flour, then add to liquid mixture; add more flour as necessary to make rollable dough. (**Author’s note – once dough is mixed, put in the refrigerator to chill, up to overnight – it will help in the handling of the dough.)

Roll dough to desired thickness on floured board or countertop and cut with cookie cutters or patterns; place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned (**Author’s note: baking time will depend on thickness of cookie, so it may take longer than 10 minutes).

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