CULINARY ARTS: 3 Christmas cookies you can easily bake

Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

Scrape the dough from the bowl onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap it well in several thicknesses of plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight or up to four days.

Go write your Christmas cards and start wrapping presents.

The next day, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the dough reach room temperature. It will be soft and feel slightly greasy. Break off a chunk about the size of a softball and roll it out to about ¼ inch thick on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray. If the dough gets too sticky, chill it again.

Use cookie cutters to cut it into shapes. You can also use a sharp knife to cut custom shapes like letters of the alphabet. (Spell a friend’s name and pack the cookies, in order, in a flat box as a great gift.)

Peel away the unwanted dough from the cut shapes and bake until the edges begin to brown — about eight to 10 minutes, depending on cookie size. Knead it together with more of the dough and repeat on another sprayed cookie sheet.

Cool the cookies completely, and then ice with royal icing.

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