Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Spice Cookie Cut-Outs

My mom has been making these spice cookies for Christmas ever since I was a little girl. She can't remember where she got the recipe from. It's been written on an index card that she's kept for years. I don't like spice cookies, but it has always been a tradition in my family for my mom and sisters and I to make spice cookie cut outs and decorate them together. They're a pretty simple looking cookie, with a touch of molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg and my family loves them. We like to use all different kinds of holiday cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and we decorate them with all different sugars. Kids will also love helping to make these cookies!

Here's the recipe:

¾ cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
¼ cup molasses
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer on high until light in color.  Add egg and molasses and continue mixing for one minute.  Scrape down the sides of bowl with a spatula.

On low speed, add flour mixture. When the ingredients are moistened, turn to medium speed and beat until well blended, about 1 – 2 minutes.

Separate into thirds, flatten as much as possible and wrap in Saran Wrap. Refrigerate for one hour, until dough is chilled. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out dough ¼” thick on a floured board.  Cut out & decorate.  Bake 8 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

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