This is the best Christmas Cut Out Cookie Recipe that I've ever made!
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5 from 2 votes

Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

This Cut Out Cookie Recipe originated from a Martha Stewart Recipe and is simply the best! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

For the Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 lb. butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoon of brandy, or apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or maple syrup

For the Royal Icing:

  • cups confectioners' sugar*
  • egg whites
  • 5-6  drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Sift together the dry ingredients. 
  • Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light; add the egg, brandy, and vanilla and beat well. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix well until blended. Wrap and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured board, roll out one third of the dough at a time (keeping the rest in the fridge). Roll to about 1/4 to 1/6 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters. x
  • Put shapes on parchment lined (or greased) baking sheets (place in freezer in between batches) and bake for 6-8 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie. Cool on racks.
  • Once completely cool decorate with Royal Icing.

For the Royal Icing

  • Mix together the sugar, egg whites and lemon juice.  Separate the icing out into however many colors you'd like to have (you can separate into bowls or zip lock bags.
  • Add food coloring slowly until desired color is attained. If using zip lock bags you can cut off a small bit of the corner of the bag to pipe out the icing onto the cookie. 
  • Decorate the cookies with the icing, then quickly top with sprinkles before it drys. 
  • Store finished (and dried) cookies in a air tight container at room temp for 1 week. Or freeze. 

Notes

If you can find a fondant or icing sugar, that will work best. Otherwise just sue powdered confectioners sugar.