Holiday Cutouts

Holiday Cutouts
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Ingredients
  1. Cookies
  2. 1 1/2
  3. cups powdered sugar
  4. 1
  5. cup butter or margarine, softened
  6. 1
  7. teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1/2
  9. teaspoon almond extract
  10. 1
  11. egg
  12. 2 1/2
  13. cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
  14. 1
  15. teaspoon baking soda
  16. 1
  17. teaspoon cream of tartar
  18. Betty Crocker® Decor Selects candy sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugars, if desired
  19. Frosting
  20. 2
  21. cups powdered sugar
  22. 1/2
  23. teaspoon vanilla
  24. 2
  25. tablespoons milk or half-and-half
Instructions
  1. 1 In large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, the butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, almond extract and egg until well blended. Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  2. 2 Heat oven to 375°F. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured, cloth covered surface, roll each half of dough 3/16 inch thick. Cut into assorted shapes with cookie cutters, or cut around patterns traced from storybook illustrations. If cookies are to be hung as decorations, make a hole in each 1/4 inch from top with end of plastic straw. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. 3 Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. 4 In medium bowl, beat all frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable. Tint with food color if desired. Frost and decorate cookies as desired with frosting and colored sugars.
Notes
  1. For melt-in-your-mouth treats, be sure to mix cookies just enough—but not too much. Too much mixing can result in tough cookies.
  2. Skip the decorator frosting and use part of a container of ready-to-spread frosting instead. The frosting layer will be a bit thicker this way, but it will be equally delicious!
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