Trimmed Tree Cookies

Trimmed Tree Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. Cookie Dough
  2. 2/3
  3. cup sugar
  4. 2/3
  5. cup butter, softened
  6. 1
  7. teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1
  9. egg
  10. 1 3/4
  11. cups All-Purpose Flour
  12. 1
  13. teaspoon baking powder
  14. 1/2
  15. teaspoon salt
  16. Topping Dough
  17. 1/4
  18. cup powdered sugar
  19. 1/4
  20. cup butter, softened
  21. 3/4
  22. cup All-Purpose Flour
  23. 6
  24. tablespoons milk
  25. Green, yellow and red food colo
Instructions
  1. 1 In large bowl, combine sugar, 2/3 cup butter, vanilla and egg; beat until light and fluffy. Add 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder and salt; mix until well blended. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  2. 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter; mix well. Add 3/4 cup flour and milk; mix at low speed just until blended. Add additional flour if necessary to reduce stickiness. To half of topping dough, add green food color; mix well. Divide remaining topping dough in half. Add yellow food color to one half; mix well. Add red food color to other half; mix well. Place 3 topping doughs in separate decorating bags fitted with desired tips or resealable food storage plastic bags with small hole cut in one bottom corner of each.
  3. 3 Heat oven to 375°F. On lightly flowered surface, roll out half of cookie dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. Keep remaining dough refrigerated. Cut with floured tree-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate cookies as desired with colored dough in bags.
  4. 4 Bake at 375°F. for 6 to 9 minutes or until firm and edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely
Notes
  1. Paste food color creates hues that are bright and more vibrant than those produced by liquid food color. Look for paste food color in candy and cake-supply stores and in cookware stores.
  2. Cookies bake evenly when they are of uniform thickness. Before cutting the cookies, use a ruler to check the thickness of the rolled dough.
  3. To easily mix food color into dough, place the dough in a food storage plastic bag with the food color and knead it.
  4. If you don't have pastry bags, you can snip away a corner of a food storage plastic bag and place the pastry tip in the corner.
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