Homemade Hand Decorated Christmas Cookies

It's no doubt that Christmas cookies should be delicious. Butter cookie Christmas cutouts, peanut butter bars and for the vanilla glaze are 3 delicious Christmas cookies that are easy to prepare.

Below are the 3 recipes for you to try them out:

1. Butter Cookie Christmas Cutouts

Ingredients:

- 1 cup of butter
- 1 1/2 cups of sifted powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups of sifted flour
- 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

- Cream butter, add sugar gradually and cream until fluffy.
- Add unbeaten egg and vanilla; beat well.
- Sift together dry ingredients; blend into cream mixture.
- Chill dough about an hour.
- Roll on well floured pastry board to 1/4 inch thickness.
- Cut with floured cutter.
- Bake on an unbuttered cookie sheet for 6 minutes at 325 degrees.

Yield: 6 dozen cookies.

2. Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients:

- 1/2 cup of butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup of firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/3 cup of crunchy style peanut butter
- 1 cup of unbleached flour; sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of quick cooking oats
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

- Cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using an electric mixer at medium speed.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla.
- Blend in the peanut butter.
- Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture, blending well.
- Stir in the oats.
- Spread the mixture in a greased 13 X 9 X 2-inch baking pan.
- Sprinkle with the chocolate chips.
- Bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 25 minutes or until done.
- Cool in the pan on a rack. While still warm drizzle with the vanilla glaze.
- When cooled, cut into 48 (2 X 1 1/2-inch) bars.

3. For The Vanilla Glaze

Ingredients:

- 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup of peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine
- 1/4 cup of hot milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and beat, with an electric mixer set to high speed, until smooth.

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