Sugar cookie cutouts

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We are not finished with our Christmas just yet and a Christmas without cookies just isn’t right. So I got out all my cookie supplies to make the family some of their favorites, with sugar cookies being at the top of that list.

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To get started you will need:

1/3 cup of shortening

½ cup butter

2 1/4 cups of flour

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoons of milk.

Icing- 1 teaspoon of milk to a cup of powdered sugar, you can add more milk a tiny bit at a time if icing is too thick.

Beat all wet ingredients first with an electric mixer on medium speed until softened.

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Add half the dry ingredients, stir, then add other half. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. On lightly floured surface roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness, then cut into shapes.

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On ungreased cookie sheet place 1 inch apart and bake in a 375F oven for 8-9 minutes.

Cool on wire rack for a few minutes.
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Now the real fun starts, the decorating. Add icing and sprinkles and whatever little candies you may like.

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Another yummy cookie to try is pecan cookies.

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You will need:

½ shortening

½ cup butter

21/4 cups of flour

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup of brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of pecans

Mix all wet ingredients first then slowly add dry ingredients and stir, then add pecans.

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Bake at 375F on ungreased rack about an inch apart for 8 minutes, then cool on rack.

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You can get as creative as you like with your cookie recipes by adding candy bar bits, chocolate chips, Pretzel bits and M&M’s.

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Now onto packaging these little treats up to hand out.

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