Cookies Anyone?

by TSGal on Tue, December 6th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Looking for a new, different, and delicious holiday dessert this year? ¬†Thanks to AllRecipes.com, I found this great, easy recipe for Shortbread Christmas Cookies. ¬†Leave these out for Santa and he’ll never want to leave!

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ready In: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 drop food coloring, or to desired shade (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon colored edible glitter, or as desired

Directions

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl; with a pastry cutter, chop in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir the rum extract and almond extract into the water in a small bowl. Mix into the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, until the mixture holds together in a ball when you squeeze it.
  2. Place the dough onto a floured work surface, and sprinkle with flour; roll out into a sheet 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with floured cookie cutters, and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Cover with a layer of plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  4. Bake the cookies just until the edges are lightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling. Cool completely before decorating.
  5. For frosting, whisk the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a bowl until smooth. If desired, divide frosting into small bowls, and tint each bowl a desired shade with food coloring. Frost fully cooled cookies, and sprinkle with edible glitter before the frosting sets.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

~TSGal

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