• Cooking Time: 6
  • Servings: 24
  • Preparation Time: 20


My mother in law has been making these for Christmas for years and years. Our Christmas wouldn't be complete without these...it's become a tradition for me and my kids, decorating them after cutting and baking. They are the best when iced, but sometimes I just sprinkle on colored sugar before baking. I call them "Play Dough" cookies because that's what the dough smells like to me! (Don't worry, they don't taste like Play Dough!) Note: I double the recipe.


  • * 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • * 1/2 cup sugar
  • * 1 egg, beaten well
  • * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • * 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • * 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • * decorator icing, in various colors or confectioner's sugar icing, colored with food coloring (optional)


  • Cream butter and sugar well.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
  • Combine baking powder and flour.
  • Add gradually to creamed mixture.
  • Chill until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Roll out dough to about 1/4" thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake for 6 to 8 minutes on cookie sheets lined with Reynolds Parchment Paper.
  • When cool, decorate with frosting or icing if desired.

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