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Old 07-21-2011, 07:28 PM
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Christmas Cookies

Since I am the un-official cookie maker at Christmas, I have had no luck at all with making sugar cookies.

Every year I have trouble with either the dough sticking to the table, they don't cut right with the cookie cutters, too much flour or their too dry, etc.

Does anyone have a full proof recipe, that even a dad "that cannot cook", can make without too much trouble?
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Best thing to do is head over to
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Or, pm MrsH who is our
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Also you could join one of the :
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Good luck! Please let me know if you find a good recipe! My problem is I want them to taste and look just like my Grandma's and they never turn out that way! I have a few new recipes to try for this year but I havent tried to make them yet. The one is from the pillsbury website and got really good reviews. Here is the link but I cant make any promises since I havent tried it yet myself!

http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/sea...-6e394792a3f8/
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I love this recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-bes...es/detail.aspx

My tip is to roll it out between parchment and when you cut it out - peel awya the excess and leave the cookies on the parchment - then transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!
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That's a good idea. I have never even considered using parchment. Thank you!
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I love this recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-bes...es/detail.aspx

My tip is to roll it out between parchment and when you cut it out - peel awya the excess and leave the cookies on the parchment - then transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!
Great idea!
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I love this recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-bes...es/detail.aspx

My tip is to roll it out between parchment and when you cut it out - peel awya the excess and leave the cookies on the parchment - then transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!
Oh my goodness! You just saved my life today with this tip! I'm baking Christmas cookies today for CIJ to take to work and my church small group tomorrow. I was just complaining to my husband last night how much I love to do this but to make SO many cookies at once is very frustrating bc they stick to the counter or get too warm while you are waiting for the others to get out of the oven and they loose their shape and all that.

I would have NEVER thought about just rolling it on the parchment!!!!! No more sticking to the counter - you just pick up the whole sheet and bake it as is! More even cooking, no messy cookie sheets to clean up, no messy counter top and perfect cookies! YAY for CIJ cookies!!!!
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Woo hoo, glad the tip worked! And hooray for Christmas cookies in July~!
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Originally Posted by judesmama View Post
I love this recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-bes...es/detail.aspx

My tip is to roll it out between parchment and when you cut it out - peel awya the excess and leave the cookies on the parchment - then transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!
GREAT tip. Thank you.

You can also try this recipe. It calls for cream cheese which makes the cookies a little softer. Overall, it's one of my favorites though.
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies


8 ingredients

1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. butter
3 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 c. flour

Combine and blend all ingredients except flour and then slowly mix in the flour. Chill for a couple of hours. Roll out dough to desired thickness and cut into shapes. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.

You may also like:
Dutch Almond Cookies
Cherry Cream Cheese Tarts
Cream Cheese Brownies
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Originally Posted by judesmama View Post
I love this recipe!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/the-bes...es/detail.aspx

My tip is to roll it out between parchment and when you cut it out - peel awya the excess and leave the cookies on the parchment - then transfer to a cookie sheet and bake!
Okay Judesmama (and Noel's too!)

I'm currently chilling the dough from this recipe that you posted and then using your tip - I'll have to come back and give my report!

I hope I did all of the conversions right! I wanted to double the recipe, but was short just a tiny bit of butter to do so. So, I tried to do the math as to how much to do for not quite double. We'll see I guess!
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