Best Christmas Cookies

Published June 1, 2004.

Why this recipe works:

To produce an easy-to-roll, sturdy, flavorful Christmas cookie recipe, we found a few steps necessary. First, leaving out the egg whites prevented toughness. Second, a deliciously fatty combination of egg yolks, sour cream, and butter kept the dough short and very flavorful. Third, sandwiching… read more

To produce an easy-to-roll, sturdy, flavorful Christmas cookie recipe, we found a few steps necessary. First, leaving out the egg whites prevented toughness. Second, a deliciously fatty combination of egg yolks, sour cream, and butter kept the dough short and very flavorful. Third, sandwiching the dough between sheets of parchment or waxed paper ensured that the dough didn’t stick to the rolling pin, as well as minimized the amount of flour required to prevent sticking—too much additional flour can lead to tough Christmas cookies. These steps led to the perfect Christmas cookie recipe.

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Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies depending on shape

This dough can be rerolled repeatedly without getting tough. If it becomes too soft to roll out or cut without sticking, return it to the refrigerator until firm. Resist the urge to add more flour. Rolling the dough between sheets of parchment paper is key to prevent sticking.

Ingredients

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