2 1/2 dozen

You'll find this the best sugar cookie dough ever. Sponge paint some of these cookies with a sea sponge and egg yolk paint before baking them.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups sugar, beating well. Add egg and beat well.

Step 2

Combine flour, cream of tartar, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended.

Step 3

Roll dough to 1/4" thickness between 2 sheets of wax paper. Cut with cookie cutters. Place 1" apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 4

Combine egg yolk and water; stir well. Divide mixture among several cups. Tint with desired colors of food coloring. Keep egg yolk paint covered until ready to use. Add a few drops of water if paint thickens too much.

Step 5

Using a small paintbrush or sea sponge, paint assorted designs on some cookies with egg yolk paint. Sprinkle some cookies with decorator sugar. (Some cookies will be baked plain.)

Step 6

Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies stand 1 minute on cookie sheets. Carefully transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Frost remaining cookies with vanilla and chocolate frosting and decorate as desired.

Christmas with Southern Living 1995

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