Traditional Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies can be as simple or as decorative as your fancy dictates. The dough is ideal for rolling and cutting into special shapes. Now is the time to get out your favorite Christmas cookie cutters. For an extra-special touch, add to your loved ones' cookie cutter collections by tying one or two cutters with gold ribbons to the cookie tins when you give the cookies as gifts.
These cookies can be easily decorated with Edible Tempera Color before baking. This is a great way to get the kids involved. The result is very colorful cookies without the mess of icing.
If you want to make simple Sugar Cookies, prepare the dough, roll and cut, then simply sprinkle some granulated [caster] sugar on top.
Food Processor Method
In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
Electric Mixer Method
Soften the butter. In a mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
For Both Methods
Scrape the dough onto a sheet of plastic wrap and use the wrap, not your fingers, to press the dough together to form a thick flat disc. Wrap it well and refrigerate for at least two hours, preferably no longer than 3.
Place 2 oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch [.5 cm] thickness.
Lightly beat 2 large egg yolks and spoon equal amount of them into 5 small bowls or cups.
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