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Butter Cookies

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Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies
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This recipe for Butter Cookies a.k.a. Spritz Cookies is made using a cookie press. They are often seen during Christmas time, but are perfect anytime of year. As these Butter Cookies are quite delicate, I think they go perfectly with a cup of hot tea.

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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 37 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
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  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup margarine, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract*
  • food coloring, optional
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  • colored sugars, red hots, sprinkles or other decors, optional

Preparation:

Combine first set of ingredients in mixing bowl with wire whisk. Set aside. Cream butters and sugar. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Optional, add enough food coloring for desired color. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until well combined. Place dough in refrigerator. (Dough may be kept in refrigerator for a couple of days or frozen up to 3 months.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Extra lightly grease (spray and wipe off) cookie sheet. Load dough into cookie press according to manufacturers' directions. Press shaped dough onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars or other decors, if desired. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on cookie size. Cookies are done when edges are brown. Cool in pan on wire rack for 2 minutes. Remove from pans and completely cool on racks. Store in loose-lid cookie jar.

Makes 6 dozen, Butter Cookies a.k.a. Spritz Cookies, more or less depending on cookie size.
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