Christmas Tree Sugar Cookies
 
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Serves: Approximately 36
Ingredients
    FOR THE COOKIES:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    FOR THE ICING:
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 cups icing sugar
  • ⅓ cup cream (add more if it's too thick)
  • gel food colouring
Instructions
    FOR THE COOKIES:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a mixer until smooth.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder and mix well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time.
  6. When it's all mixed in, wet your hands and knead it by hand until it's a good dough consistency.
  7. Immediately roll small batches out onto a floured surface to about ¼" thick, then cut with cookie cutters. (Don't chill the dough)
  8. Bake at 350F for 8 to 9 minutes.
FOR THE ICING:
  1. In a large bowl, beat the shortening and vanilla with a mixer until it's smooth.
  2. Add the icing sugar, small amounts at a time, until combined.
  3. Add the cream gradually and mix until you get the desired consistency. Add more cream if you need to.
  4. Add gel food colouring and mix.
Notes
The icing hardens slightly after it sets, but still remains mostly soft. The icing might crush a little if you stack the cookies.
Recipe by One Little Project at https://onelittleproject.com/christmas-tree-sugar-cookies/