Sugar Cookie Christmas Tree



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Servings: 36 to 48
Yield: 36 to 48 2 1/2-inch cookies
Prep Time: 40 mins
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Ingredients
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    1/3  cup 
    butter, softened
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    1/3  cup 
    shortening
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    3/4  cup 
    sugar
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    1   
    egg
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    1   tablespoon 
    milk
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    2   cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    Dash salt
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    Royal icing (see recipe below)
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    Decorative sprinkles
Royal Icing
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    2   cups 
    sifted powdered sugar
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    4   teaspoons 
    meringue powder
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    1/4  teaspoon 
    cream of tartar
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    1/4  cup 
    warm water
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    1 - 2   tablespoons 
    warm water


Directions
1.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt; beat until combined. Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla until combined.
2.
Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover; chill dough about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
3.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Using desired tree-shaped cookie cutters, cut out dough.
4.
Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the edges are firm and bottoms are very lightly browned.
5.
Transfer to a wire racks and let cool. Frost with Royal Icing and decorate with sprinkles.
Royal Icing
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Stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add the 1/4 cup warm water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Beat on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes until very stiff. Add the 1 to 2 tablespoons additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make desired consistency.

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