Christmas Sugar Cookies

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This recipe has been in my husband’s family for five generations.  My children and their grandmother have started a special tradition of baking these cookies together, not only for Christmas, but for each holiday throughout the year.   They are so soft and sweet! They are unique and different than any sugar cookie I’ve ever had.  To say they are delicious would be an understatement!  We hope you enjoy baking and decorating them with your family as much as we do. Besides, what would Christmas be without eating at least one Christmas cookie gift box?

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1 cup of butter

1 ½ cups of sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 ½ cups flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

With an electric mixer in a large bowl, cream butter (softened), sugar, eggs and vanilla all together.   In a separate bowl combine the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.  Run your spoon through the mixture so all the dry ingredients are sifted together, and then gradually add to the creamed mixture, in parts, with mixer on low speed.  When all mixed together, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.  Once dough is chilled, remove from refrigerator and let set out for about 30-45 minutes so the dough is easier to work with.  Take a portion of the dough; roll out to a ¼ inch thickness with rolling pin on a well floured surface.  Cut into shapes with cookie cutters, repeat until all the dough is gone.  Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Remove and let cool on wire racks then decorate using your favorite icing.

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