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Cookie Ornaments for the Tree

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Servings: 4
Categories: Cookies / Desserts / Mix Recipes

1 3/4  c  Hot Water
1  c  Salt
4  c  All-Purpose Flour
    === Egg Wash ==
1    Egg -- beaten with
3  tb  Water

Pour the hot water into a bowl with the salt and stir for 1 minute (I use my KitchenAid mixer). The salt grains will reduce in size, but they will not completely dissolve. Add the flour and blend until all the water is absorbed. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead a few minutes until it is smooth and pliable. Cover the dough and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Keep the dough in a plastic bag if you do not plan to use it after the 5 minutes of resting time. Roll the dough out 3/8" thick on a floured surface and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Place the cookies on a nonstick baking sheet and brush lightly with the egg wash. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until golden brown. You can also press the dough into lightly oiled fancy ceramic molds* or lightly floured wooden molds and bake as instruced by the manufacturer. *Decorative ceramic cookie molds can be obtained from Brown Bag Cookie Art by Hill Design, Inc. 7 Eagle Square, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 NOTES : No, Virginia, you cannot EAT these cookies. The dough is made of salt and flour and it will last for several years. This recipe makes one dozen ornaments. The Frugal Gourmet Recipe By : The Frugal Gourmet 'Celebrates Christmas'

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