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Christmas Cookies

Yield about 6 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 to 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

How to Make It

  1. Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Dissolve soda in water; add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Combine remaining ingredients; add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Divide dough in half; wrap in waxed paper, and chill at least 1 hour.

  2. Roll half of dough to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; keep remaining dough chilled. Cut dough with assorted cookie cutters. Bake on lightly greased baking sheets at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

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