December 4, 2012

Christmas Card Cookies

These cookies have been part of the Rafn family Christmas tradition for many years. I have vivid childhood memories of rolling out sheets of dough with my brothers and using cutouts of snowmen, maple leaves, and Christmas trees to shape the cookies.

After the cookies are baked and cooled, they can be decorated with icing. They make nice gifts. This recipe is from the 1979 Homemade Cookies Cook Book from Better Homes and Gardens.

Christmas Card Cookies - makes 6 dozen

1 and 1/2 cups butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 egg
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. baking soda
decorator icing

Cream butter and sugar; add egg. Beat until light and fluffy. Stir flour with spices and soda; add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Cover; chill until firm, about 2 hours.

On floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove to rack. If desired, decorate with icing.

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