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1990 2nd Place: Mom's Sugar Cookies

Author/Submitted by: Nancy Rullo, of Bloomingdale, Chicago Tribune third annual Food Guide Holiday Cookie Contest December 13, 1990
Servings: 48
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  cup  Unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2  cups  Confectioner's sugar
1    Egg
1  teaspoon  Vanilla
1/2  teaspoon  Almond extract
2 1/2  cups  Flour
1  teaspoon  Baking soda
1  teaspoon  Cream of tartar

8  ounces  Cream cheese, softened
2  cups  Confectioner's sugar
1/4  teaspoon  Vanilla
    Food coloring as desired

1. Cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar until mixed. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate dough 2 to 3 hours. (Dough can be refrigerated up to several days; soften slightly before rolling out.)

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have lightly greased baking sheets ready.

3. Roll out half of dough on lightly floured surface to almost 1/4 ~inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake until light brown on edges, 7 to 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

4. For frosting, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Beat in milk until spreading consistency. Add food coloring as desired.

5. Use frosting to decorate cookies. Let stand until frosting sets.

Second place went to Nancy Rullo, of Bloomingdale, for her recipe for Mom's sugar cookies in the shape of Santa Claus faces, iced with a cream cheese frosting and decorated in traditional holiday colors. The recipe, Rullo wrote, was one that her mother had found in her mother's first cookbook. As children, Rullo and her brother would help cut out the Santa Claus shapes and watch them bake.

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