basic holiday cutout cookies

4 dozen
1 cup Butter; softened
1 cup Powdered sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
1½ cup Flour; all-purpose
  Food color (red & green)
  Writing gels (red & green)
  Decorative icings (white,
  . red & green)
  Holiday candy
  Holiday sprinkles
  Colored crystal sugars



In medium bowl. beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and creamy. Slowly beat in flour. On lightly floured surface, roll to ⅛-inch thickness. Use star cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Place on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 11 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

To Tint: For each cup of dough, knead in 8 to 10 drops of food color.

** Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal -- Food section -- Wednesday : 29 November 1995 **

From: Paul Macgregor Date: 08 Jan 96

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