Sunday, December 26, 2010

Cut Out Cookies

Here is one last cookie recipe for this season. I saved the best for last. Cut out cookies.

***The winner of the Christmas giveaway basket is: Deborah@cranberry samplings. Please send me your info and I will ship it right out.

The recipe:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
2 tablespoons brandy
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream the butter and sugar, add the dry ingredients. Beat until combined. Add the egg, brandy and vanilla and beat until well mixed. Shape into a flattened round, wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out and cut into shapes. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes and cool on racks. Mix confectioners sugar with milk to make a smooth spreading icing. Frost and decorate.

The brandy in this cooky adds a wonderful flavor but does not taste at all like alcohol.

This is my most favorite cookie. But maybe I've said this before.

The flavor improves after these sit for a few days.

I always double this recipe.

Make these when you have time to spare.

It takes quite a bit of time to frost all of them.

Happy Boxing Day to all!!!